Del. mom told to surrender daughter, both vanish - pair may be in Pa.

Tara Bertrand

April 4, 2012 7:07:31 AM PDT
Delaware State Police are asking for the public's help in finding a mother and daughter who may be in Pennsylvania.

Investigators said Tara Bertrand, 39, of Dagsboro, was being investigated on Monday by the Division of Family Services in reference to a child neglect allegation.

That same day, the DFS was awarded custody of her 5-year-old daughter, Kiera.

Police say Tara Bertrand was ordered to appear at a hearing with the girl, but the two never arrived.

Investigators say the whereabouts of Tara and Kiera Bertrand are unknown, but there is a possibility the two may be in or traveling to Pennsylvania.?

Tara Bertrand is wanted for Interfering with the Custody of a Child and Kiera is currently listed as a Missing Child.?

? If anyone has any information on the location of Tara Bertrand and Kiera Bertrand, they are asked to contact Troop 4 at 302-856-5850 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.? The public may also contact the Division of Family Services Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-292-9582.

? Information may also be provided via the internet at

? Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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