HARRISON COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) - One person is wanted and one is in custody after a runaway juvenile investigation resulted in a teen being found abandoned at a remote campsite in Oklahoma.
Law enforcement officials in Harrison County say on March 27, deputies were called out to a home on Nash Road in Harleton about a runaway juvenile. The parents told deputies their 13-year0old child, who was last seen around 6 p.m., was believed to be in the Lake Deerwood area. After searching the area for the teen, a report was entered into the state and national databases for runaway juveniles.
A second search of the area was completed Sunday, March 28; the child was not found.
Investigators completed multiple interviews and reviewed video footage and were able to identify two persons of interest in the case.
Harrison County officials say on March 30 at 5 p.m., investigators found the two people, Daniel Czerwinksi, 39, of Wilmer, Texas, and Azlaera Hoffner, 30, of Iowa. It’s believe the teen left the area with these two.
During the interview with Czerwinksi and Hoffner, it was determined the teen was taken to a remote campsite in Oklahoma. The couple reportedly returned to east Texas, leaving the teen at the campsite with only a sleeping bag, minimal food, and with no shelter.
Oklahoma law enforcement was immediately notified and responded to the campsite. The teen was found safe, officials say.
Investigators say they’ve issued arrest warrants for Czerwinksi and Hoffner.
Hoffner was booked March 31 and charged with harboring a runaway.
“I am glad to see this young person found safe and uninjured. This community was gravely concerned for her safety and well-being. I am proud of the deputies and investigators for their hard work in this case. Sadly, situations like this oftentimes do not have a happy ending, but in this case, we do!” said Sheriff Brandon “BJ” Fletcher.