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Missing Garrett teen found safe in Tennessee

May 22, 2019 GMT

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

Shayden D. Howard was reported missing to the Garrett Police Department 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 in the company of Larry E. Taylor, 36, of Garrett, though their whereabouts were still unknown, state police said Tuesday.

Officers in Hamilton County, Tennessee arrested Taylor 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 and from that information, 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation.