Two Sets Of Missing Children Found

Children found in tent with drug paraphernalia

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A mother who told deputies she took her children away from their legal guardians in Oregon to get away from a drug problem, was found Sunday inside a tent at a Rim Country campground with her children and several friends. Drug paraphernalia was also reportedly found in the tent.

Deputies removed Latosha Hewitt’s two children from the Flowing Springs campground, where they had been staying in one tent with their mother and three other adults. Levi Sturgeon was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies first started looking for the two children on Sunday after the sheriff’s office received a call from detectives in Klamath County, Ore. who said they were searching for Jennie Steward, Richard and Levi Sturgeon, Hewitt and her two children.

The children’s grandparents have legal custody and had been looking for the children.

Deputies searched all of the campgrounds June 12, but were unable to locate the group.

On Sunday, deputies located the group at a Flowing Springs campground living in one tent.

Hewitt reportedly told deputies they left Oregon to get away from the drug problem there.

After searching the tent, deputies found drug paraphernalia, which Sturgeon reportedly admitted to owning.

Deputies took the children and placed them in foster care until the grandparents could pick them up.

Charges of custodial interference are pending with Klamath County, the sheriff’s office said.

Missing children from Louisiana found

Two children missing for the last two years were located Tuesday by deputies at a Star Valley home with their noncustodial mother, living under assumed names.

On Monday, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Department in Louisiana who said they had been searching for the children, 14 and 11 years old, for the last two years, and they were believed to be in the Star Valley area with their mother, Barbara Collins.

Collins had reportedly moved to several states and changed her name several times to conceal their identity.

One of the children has a medical condition that needs attention, the sheriff’s office said.

Both of the children were listed on the National Crime Information Center and National Center for Missing Children.

On Tuesday, deputies located Collins and the children in Star Valley and removed them. Collins was living under the name Samantha “Sam” Stewart. The children were returned to their father who has sole legal custody.

Webster Parish has jurisdiction over the case, but has not issued any arrest warrants.

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