|Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader|
A lack of communication is what led to an endangered missing person's alert being issued for a teenager who had already been located, according to Sheriff Doug Rader.
A missing person alert for 15 year-old Kaitlynn Sneed was issued late Monday (01-07-13) afternoon, but it was canceled shortly thereafter.
The alert said Kaitlynn had been forcibly removed from 1116 Burr Oak Road in Crane by her father Gregory Sneed following a domestic assault. The alert also said Mr. Sneed did not show up for work and Kaitlynn was absent from school Monday.
Barry county sheriff Mick Epperly says the girl was found at a home near Purdy several hours after last night's alleged abduction and that he notified authorities in Stone County.
"Things were not passed on," said Rader, who took office last week. "My officer spent ten hours investigating something that was already done. It's emarrassing because a lot of time and manpower were wasted because one office didn't communicate something. We're still trying to get all the kinks worked out in the transition of offices."