Amber Alert Canceled as Jonesboro Girl is Returned; Search Continues for Alleged Abductor

Harold Elliot Finch
Harold Elliot Finch

MAY 25, 2005 - Posted at 7:45 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Tamera Shamal Finch, the 2-year-old girl abducted Tuesday along with her mother, Denitra Forrest of Jonesboro, was returned to her family and local authorities at approximately 3 a.m. this morning, apparently unharmed.  The girl is currently being evaluated by medical professionals as a precautionary measure.  Her alleged abductor, Elliott Finch, is still at large and being sought by police.  Meanwhile, the Morgan Nick/Amber alert issued for Tamera Finch has been canceled by Arkansas State Police.

Officers from several law enforcement agencies in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri searched throughout yesterday into the early-morning hours of today for the girl, when she was brought to the Jonesboro Police Department by another family member.  The relative told officers that Tamera Finch was left at a predetermined site in Jonesboro after the family member negotiated with Elliott Finch and convinced him to release the girl.  According to the family member, Elliott Finch dropped his non-custodial daughter off at the location and drove away.  The family member then drove to the drop-off point and picked her up.  The girl was taken to the JPD headquarters where she was reunited with her mother, who had allegedly been stabbed by Elliott Finch Tuesday morning.  She was treated and released from a Paragould hospital.

Still at large, Elliott Finch is considered armed and dangerous, and may be driving a silver Dodge Stratus with Arkansas license plates 558-JJC.  Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is strongly urged to contact the Jonesboro Police Department at 870-935-5562, or 1-888-566-STOP, or 911.