Missing children found safe in Louisiana after Arizona Amber Alert

Couple taken into custody

Jim Hanzo
July 17, 2019 - 8:26 am

The two children taken from the custody of the Arizona Department of Child Safety Tuesday, that triggered an Amber Alert by authorities have been found safe, according to Louisiana State Police. 

2-year-old Blaze Kirkley and 5-month-old Ryder Kirkley were found safe in Bienville Parish.  The children were allegedly taken by their parents from state custody.  It was believed that the couple was traveling to Louisiana or Mississippi in a 2008 Dodge pickup truck.

The pickup was spotted by Louisiana troopers on Interstate 20 in North Louisiana around 1 a.m. Wednesday.  34-year-old Jerry J. Kirkley and 34-year-old Melissa J. Gladden were taken into custody.

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