Amber Alert canceled after missing AZ children located safely in Bienville Parish

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Jerry Jay Kirkley and 34-year-old Melissa Joy Gladden are being held in Bienville Parish, awaiting extradition on fugitive charges out of Arizona. (Photo: Louisiana State Police)

BIENVILLE PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Two children that were the subject of an Amber Alert out of Arizona and believed to be with a couple heading to Louisiana or Mississippi have been found in Bienville Parish.

The two boys — ages 2 and 4 months — were taken around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday from Arizona Department of Child Safety custody by 34-year-old Jerry Jay Kirkley and 34-year-old Melissa Joy Gladden. In issuing the Amber Alert, authorities said Kirkley has a history of domestic violence and is known to carry weapons.

Louisiana State Police Troopers on the lookout for the 2008 Dodge Ram pickup with Louisiana plates spotted the vehicle just after 1 p.m. heading eastbound on Interstate 20 in Bienville Parish, about five miles west of Arcadia. According to state police, Troopers were able to pull the pickup truck over and take Kirkley and Gladden into custody without incident.

Jerry Jay Kirkley and 34-year-old Melissa Joy Gladden are being held in Bienville Parish, awaiting extradition on fugitive charges out of Arizona. (Photo: Louisiana State Police)

The children were recovered safely and turned over to the custody of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

The two boys — ages 2 and 4 months — taken Tuesday from Arizona Department of Child Safety custody have been found in Bienville Parish and recovered safely by Louisiana State Police.

Kirkley and Gladden are being held in Bienville Parish on fugitive charges, awaiting extradition back to Arizona.

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