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DA’s Investigators Reunite Abducted Tulare County Girl With Dad



Tulare County DA's investigators returned an abducted girl to her father on Sept. 1. (Shutterstock)
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Chalk up another victory for the Tulare County District Attorney’s child abduction team.

DA’s investigators reunited a daughter and father on Sept. 1 after locating her in Crescent City near the Oregon border.

Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said the effort was just the latest example of the child abduction unit’s success. The team has recovered abducted children from throughout the United States and Mexico. In one instance, the team found a child who had been taken to New Zealand.

Court Order Violated

The latest case involved a father who has legal custody of his daughter. However, the girl was taken north by her mother’s former boyfriend in violation of a court order, the DA’s office said in a news release.

After failing to find his daughter, the father turned to Tulare County authorities for help.

With help from Del Norte County sheriff’s deputies and social workers, the ex-boyfriend and child were located in Crescent City. On Aug. 31, the Tulare County team recovered the girl without incident.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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