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Hickory Ridge, AR -- Kathy Morris Reports

Cross County Boy Missing

Troy Yarbro — Photo provided by Cross County Sheriff's Dept. Troy Yarbro — Photo provided by Cross County Sheriff's Dept.
Michael J. Yarbro — Photo provided by Cross County Sheriff's Dept. Michael J. Yarbro — Photo provided by Cross County Sheriff's Dept.

Monday October 13, 2003 -- Updated at 11:30 p.m. CDT

HICKORY RIDGE, AR -- Cross County officials are asking for help in locating a boy allegedly taken by his non-custodial father.

Troy Yarbro was dropped off at his paternal great-grandmother's home Friday afternoon for a scheduled visit. That's where his father, Michael J. Yarbro lives. "He has visitation rights. Correct, but he hardly ever comes and sees him at all," said the 9-year-old's mother, Tammy DeWhitt.

The boy was supposed to be returned to his mother's home Sunday afternoon. He was last seen by his maternal grandfather Friday afternoon at the Cross County Bank with his father. It's believed that Michael Yarbro and a female friend drove the boy from Arkansas to Fredericksburg, Virginia; the woman's residence.

DeWhitt cried while pleading for her son's return, "I want to tell my ex-husband to please bring him home. We all love him and miss him, and to my son, I love you. Please just remember that I always love you, and I'm looking for you."

Troy Yarbro is white, has brown hair and brown eyes, stands 4 feet tall and weighs about 50 pounds. He is from Hickory Ridge. Michael J.Yarbro stands 6 feet tall, weighs 180 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. They were last seen at a truck stop in Virginia. Cross County Sheriff Ronnie Baldwin believes Yarbro may be hitchhiking with his son. No one knows where they may be headed.

Authorities in Stafford County, Virginia as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are helping in the search. Anyone with information is urged to call Sheriff Baldwin at (870) 238-5707.

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