Garrett boy found safe in Tennessee

May 22, 2019

A 14-year-old Garrett boy who was the subject of a statewide Silver Alert was found safe in Hamilton County, Tennessee.

Shayden D. Howard was reported missing to the Garrett Police Department on May 6 by his parents. Following several days of investigation by Garrett police and Indiana State Police Detective Jake Quick, a Silver Alert was issued Thursday.

Additional information led investigators to believe Howard might be with Larry E. Taylor, 36, of Garrett, though their whereabouts were still unknown, state police said Tuesday.

Officers in Hamilton County, Tennessee, arrested Taylor on Monday night on a public intoxication charge and were unable to positively identify Howard, police said.

Tennessee officials contacted the DeKalb County prosecutor’s office and, while inquiring about Taylor’s criminal history, learned about the Silver Alert. From that information, they were able to verify Howard’s identity, state police said.

According to Quick, an arrest warrant has been issued in DeKalb County against Taylor on a preliminary kidnapping charge, with the potential of additional charges at a later time. Extradition procedures are underway in an attempt to bring Taylor back to DeKalb County, state police said.

Quick was assisted by the Garrett and Auburn Police Departments, the DeKalb County prosecutor’s office, the Hamilton County, Tennessee, prosecutor’s office, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI.

Man accused of misdeeds with girl

A 21-year-old Fort Wayne man was charged with sexual misconduct and possession of child pornography after detectives found photo and video evidence.

Terrence D. Wintrode of the 1700 block of Columbia Avenue was charged Monday with three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and one count of possession of child pornography. There is a warrant for his arrest.

His victim was 15 when the two engaged in sex acts, and some were recorded on video. She told police she told Wintrode her age. The sex crimes were committed between June and August 2018, court documents said.

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