DEKALB COUNTY – A 14-year-old from Garrett, Indiana, who was the subject of a Statewide Silver Alert was found safe last night in Hamilton County, Tennessee.
On Monday, May 6, 2019, Shayden D. Howard was reported missing to the Garrett Police Department by his parents. Following several days of investigation, by the Garrett Police and Indiana State Police Detective Jake Quick, a Silver Alert was issued on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Additional information led investigators to believe Howard might be in the company of 36-year-old Larry E. Taylor, from Garrett, Indiana although their whereabouts were still unknown.
Last night, officers in Hamilton County, Tennessee arrested Taylor on a charge of Public Intoxication and were unable to positively identify Howard. Prosecutor officials from Tennessee contacted the DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office and while inquiring about Taylor’s criminal history, they learned about the Silver Alert and from that information, were able to verify Howard’s identity.
According to Quick, an arrest warrant has been issued in DeKalb County on a preliminary charge of Kidnapping, a Level 6 Felony with the potential of additional charges at a later time. Extradition procedures are underway in an attempt to bring Taylor back to DeKalb County. 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.
This case remains under investigation.