UPDATE: Missing AR child, mom found in Arizona

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Authorities have located a missing Arkansas woman and her one-year-old child in Arizona.

According to the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office Heather Tarter and her daughter both are safe. 

Tarter and her child were reported missing on May 31 amid a custody battle. 

LCSO says criminal charges are currently pending.


Arkansas authorities are searching for a woman and her 1-year-old daughter reported missing amid a custody battle.

The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office says it received a report on May 31 on the missing child, identified as Indiana Tarter. Her mother has been identified as 42-year-old Heather Tarter.

On May 1, the Circuit Court of Lonoke County Domestic Relations Division filed an Order granting custody of the girl to her biological father. He has since been unable to find his daughter or her mother, deputies say.

The LCSO has entered the child into the National Criminal Information Center as missing and is asking for the public’s help.

The girl is described as about two feet tall and 20 lbs. Her mother has been known to frequent and has family in the Carlisle area.  She may be driving a 2007 white Chevrolet TrailBlazer with Arkansas license plate 111 SPS. 

There are no criminal charges pending but anyone found to be helping hide the child could face criminal charges, the Sheriff’s Office says.  

Anyone with information is urged to call the LCSO at (501) 676-3000, Lt. Matt Edwards at (501) 743-8459 or email a tip to tips@lonokeso.com.

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