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August 7, 2018 at 6:43 am

LOCATED: Missing/Endangered Child

Sparks, NV~ The missing female juvenile from Haskell Texas has been located, along with a reported missing juvenile from Reno, NV.  Both juveniles are safe.

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On August 1, 2018, authorities in Haskell, Texas notified Sparks Police about a missing/endangered 9-year-old female juvenile believed to be in the Reno/Sparks area living in or around homeless encampments along the Truckee River.  Reno and Sparks police began investigating upon receiving this information.  The juvenile was reportedly taken from Texas by her non-custodial parent, Desiree Ward.  Texas authorities issued a felony arrest warrant for Ward abducting the child from Texas.

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Sightings of the missing/endangered juvenile and Ward were reported to investigators.  On August 6, 2018, with the assistance of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and US Forest Service, the investigation led Sparks Police to a remote area South of Verdi, Nevada.  

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Investigators located and hiked to an isolated campsite where they found the missing/endangered juvenile, Investigators located a missing juvenile from Reno Nevada also at the campsite.  Three adults were arrested at the campsite without incident.  Both juveniles were taken into protective custody for assessment and to be reunited with their respective families.

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The three suspects arrested in this case are:

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  1. David Burns, age 60 was arrested for one felony count of Harboring/Concealing/Aiding a Felon.
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  3. Desiree Ward, age 39 was arrested for one felony count of Fugitive from Justice.
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  5. Tina Reid, age 55 was arrested for two felony counts of Kidnapping 2nd Degree and one felony count of Harboring/Concealing/Aiding a Felon.
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Please understand this case remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

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Sparks Police want to acknowledge and thank the countless people who helped get the word out about this case and those who reported information to investigators. Thank you to the our local, state and federal authorities who helped with locating the children.

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To learn more about resources, training and information to help find missing children across the United States visit www.missingkids.com

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                                            —————————ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE BELOW————————

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The Sparks Police Department is assisting the Haskell Police Department in Texas in locating a missing child. Urijah Livingston, 9 years of age, is in the company of her non-custodial biological mother, Desiree Ward. Urijah was visiting her mother in Texas when she did not return to her custodial parent on July 22, 2018.

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Haskell Police Chief Ken Barnett contacted the Sparks Police Department with information Urijah may be with her mother living at a homeless camp along the river in Sparks. Further investigation revealed the two may have been staying at an unidentified camp in Reno near the downtown area. There is concern for the child’s welfare and well-being in her mother’s care and the conditions she has been exposed to. It is also believed Desiree is concealing the child from detection.

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Anyone who may have information as to the location of Urijah or Desiree is asked to call the Sparks Police.

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