The boy’s father, 27-year-old Highland Park, N.J., resident Tyler Rios, was taken into custody.
Yasemin Uyar’s body was found in a wooded area near Interstate 40, police said.
Tyler Rios was charged with first-degree kidnapping, and further criminal charges were pending, according to Union County prosecutors. Rios was held in Tennessee on a felony fugitive charge pending extradition to New Jersey.
The Putnam County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office said Monterey Police officers and Putnam County deputies located Rios’s Ford Fiesta in a parking lot at a hotel near Interstate 40 at about 3 a.m. Saturday, after Union County officials contacted the agency about the Amber Alert.
Rios reportedly refused to exit the room and surrender. Law enforcement personnel then entered the hotel room by force, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said. The boy was found safe in the room.
Rios cooperated with law enforcement and led them to Uyar’s body, the sheriff’s office said.