HAILEY, Idaho — UPDATE:
Olivia Barkes was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida Thursday afternoon.
“She had enrolled her biological son in a school in Jacksonville. An employee at the school had learned about the disappearance through social media, recognized the boy, and notified authorities,” said Hailey Police Department Asst. Chief Steve England.
An investigation helped officers locate Barkes, who was living in Jacksonsville.
The boy was found safe and unharmed.
Barkes was arrested for felony custodial interference, since she did not have legal custody of her biological son. She is being held on a $100,000 bond.
The boy will be returned to the custodial father who lives in Twin Falls, England said.
A nationwide search is underway for a missing Hailey woman and her biological son.
The woman is identified as 33-year-old Olivia G. Barkes. She also known as Olivia Phelps.
Police say a nationwide arrest warrant has now been issued for Barkes for felony custodial interference.
Police say the boy she may be traveling with is her biological son, 9-year-old Logan Barkes. “We are concerned for his well-being because family and friends we have contacted have not seen him for at least a month. Ms. Barkes is his non-custodial parent,” said Hailey Police Department Asst. Chief Steve England.
Officers have been searching for the two since before Thanksgiving, when a statewide warrant was issued for the woman. Additional information indicates she may be out of state, hence the nationwide warrant.
“Our investigation is leading us to believe she may be in the southeastern part of the country, possibly North Carolina or Florida, where she had relatives and has had previous addresses,” England said.
The woman also has ties to the Wood River Valley and the southern Idaho region.
If you have any information about where the two may be, you are urged to call the Hailey Police Department at 208-788-3531 or e-mail England at firstname.lastname@example.org.