Children found after AMBER Alert issued out of Florence

Photos from ADOT, Florence police

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona authorities say an Amber Alert issued for two young boys taken from state Department of Child Safety custody was canceled after they were found safe in Louisiana where their parents were taken into custody.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said Wednesday it had canceled the alert it issued on behalf of the Florence Police Department after the boys were taken Tuesday morning by their parents.

Florence police said Wednesday the alert was canceled after the parents’ vehicle was stopped just before midnight Tuesday by Louisiana State Police on Interstate 20 in Bienville Parish.

According to Florence police, the parents were being held on Arizona felony warrants while the boys were in the temporary custody of a Louisiana child welfare agency.


An AMBER ALERT has been issued out of Florence, Arizona after two parents took their children from the custody of the Department of Child Safety.

Melissa Gladden, Jerry Kirkley

Melissa Joy Gladden and Jerry Jay Kirkley are said to have taken their two children, ages 2 months and 2 years, Tuesday morning.

They may be heading to Louisiana or Mississippi in a 2008 Dodge pickup truck with Louisiana license plate C618802.

Florence police say there is probable cause for the arrest of both parents. Mr. Kirkley is known to carry weapons, and there is a history of domestic violence.

Call 911 if you see any of them and share the information with anyone along the route from Arizona to the southern states.

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