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Office of Public Information (609) 882-2000
Lt. Stephen Jones - ext. 6513
A/SFC Brian Polite - ext. 6514
A/Sgt Adam Grossman - ext. 6516

December 03, 2012

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Bordentown Troopers Locate Missing Juvenile and Arrest Three from Willingboro

Florence Township, N.J. - Troopers from Bordentown Station have located missing juvenile Dariah Williams, 14, and charged three from Willingboro with various offenses.

The investigation began on November 12th , when Dariah Williams and another female juvenile walked away from the Stepping Stone Group Home in Hainesport, N.J.  Trooper Anthony Pompeo conducted a search, but was unable to locate the girls.  Williams’s runaway partner returned to the group home on the night of the 12th, without Dariah.  Tpr. Pompeo contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and entered Dariah as a missing juvenile in state and national databases.

During the course of the investigation, Trooper Pompeo learned that Williams and the other juvenile were picked up and driven to various locations in Burlington County by brothers Reginald Polk, 22, and Tyriq Evans, 20 of Willingboro.

On November 16th , Trooper Pompeo charged Polk with interfering with custody. He was released pending a court date.  The investigation continued, and on November 27th, Tyriq Evans was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, and lodged in the Burlington County Jail on $50,000 bail.  Detectives from the Troop C Criminal Investigation Office and troopers from the Bordentown Station continued to work around the clock to locate Dariah.

At the request of investigators, the New Jersey State Police Office of Public Information sent out a missing juvenile alert to media in New Jersey and Philadelphia.  Just after midnight today, troopers received a phone call from a woman stating that she saw a picture on the news of the missing juvenile, and a female fitting her description was at a Burger King in Florence Township.  Responding troopers located the juvenile female and identified her as Dariah Williams.  Detectives then learned that Reginald Polk’s girlfriend Tanesha Bush, 22, of Willingboro was identified as the female caller.  Polk and Bush had picked up Williams in Philadelphia, and dropped her off in Florence late on Saturday night. 

Reginald Polk was charged with another count of endangering the welfare of a child and lodged in the Burlington County Jail on $35,000 bail.

Tanesha Bush was charged with interference with custody and released pending a court date.    

Charges are merely accusations and the suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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