Missing girl reunited with father in Ohio
Published: November 16, 2006 | 5055th good news item since 2003
A 7-year-old Washington state girl who disappeared six months ago has been reunited with her father, police said.
Charles Ard, of Clark County, Wash., picked up his daughter, Brittany Ard, on Friday.
Police said the girl’s mother interfered with custody arrangements and moved the girl to the Cincinnati area. Regina Tiel and her husband, Kary Tiel, have been charged with felony interference in custody.
The Tiels used a false name to enroll the girl last month at the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in Symmes Township, authorities said.
Kathy Gims, the child’s first-grade teacher, said she became suspicious for several reasons, including that the girl’s hair looked dyed. An admissions counselor at the school also had difficulty tracking down the girl’s records, including a permanent address.
Gims and the counselor went to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Web site, where they found a photo of the girl.
The center contacted Vancouver, Wash., detectives, and police arrested the Tiels on Thursday.