A Burlington girl missing for more than a year was found in northern Mississippi in a run-down mobile home with her mother, authorities said on Wednesday. Her mother is accused of kidnapping the girl and forcing her to use a fake name.
Nine-year-old Trashanda Waytes disappeared in November 2005, one month after a judge awarded her father custody of the child. Authorities said they used a tip to track the girl to Byhalia, Miss., Tuesday night.
Her father, Ron Waytes, was traveling Wednesday to Mississippi to bring his daughter home.
David Jolley, a U.S. marshal, said the girl was going by a different name and denied she was taken from Iowa. He said her mother, Charlotte Bassett, forced her to use a fake name and the girl ended up believing her new identity.
Bassett is being held in custody without bond until she is returned to Iowa. She is charged in Burlington with felony kidnapping and violations of a custodial child custody order.