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Fri, Feb. 21

Missing Boy Found

PRESCOTT – An Amber Alert and the extensive search for a missing 5-year-old Prescott boy, Steven “Stevie” Sharp, ceased early Tuesday morning when authorities found him unharmed at a Prescott Valley residence.

A Prescott Valley woman, Naomi Rodriguez, 21, who appears to have taken the boy from a trailer park home in the 1400 block of Iron Springs Road in Prescott, is now in jail on a custodial interference charge, a Class 6 felony. Authorities also may press a charge of child neglect, a Class 1 misdemeanor, against the boy’s mother.

Prescott Police received a missing child report at around 12:15 p.m. Monday, two hours after the child disappeared from his home at Beverly Gardens Mobile Home Park in Prescott.

Police Lt. Pete Hodap said previously that the child was in the care of his mother’s boyfriend. He said he dropped the child off at home and went to use a payphone. When he returned 10 minutes later, the boy was gone.

The boyfriend and the mother initially looked for the boy, but when their search turned fruitless, they reported it to the police.

Throughout the day, Prescott Police and Fire personnel along with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team and volunteers “combed” the grounds of the trailer park, while a Department of Public Safety Ranger helicopter assisted them from the air.

Ten hours later, they had found no trace of the boy. At around 11 p.m., after authorities received a tip from a trailer park resident about seeing a car and a boy that fit Sharp’s description in the area, they issued an Amber Alert, said Steve Skurja, a Silent Witness coordinator.

However, another tip from a friend of the family, who reported that the boy may be at an apartment complex on Tani Road in Prescott Valley, turned out to be a significant lead for authorities.

Once they identified the apartment complex, Prescott and Prescott Valley Police officers went door to door and found the boy unharmed at around 2 a.m.

During the course of their investigation, officers learned that Rodriguez went to visit the boy’s mother and when she realized that the child was at home alone, she picked him up “to teach the mother lesson,” Skurja said.

He said the suspect knew that authorities were looking for the child, but decided not to report it.

“Stevie” reunited with his father, Steven Sharp, who resides in Phoenix.

Contact the reporter at mburicadam@prescottaz.com

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