Anchorage, AK – Under Operation Pickup, the U.S. Marshals Service in
Alaska assisted the Bethel Police Department in locating fugitive Denise
Jeanine Festervand (AKA: Denise Ebertz) who had allegedly abducted her
daughter and son in August 2004 and traveled out of Alaska. Denise
Festervand was wanted by the Alaska State Troopers for 2 counts of custodial
interference (in Bethel case number 4BE-06-1409CR) and the two children were
In 2004, Festervand fled Alaska with the two missing children. In 2006, law
enforcement in Harrison, Arkansas had served Festervand a child custody
order, ordering she return the children to Alaska and she failed to do so.
Festervand was considered dangerous by law enforcement due to her previous
behavior and the investigation revealed she was armed with weapons.
The nationwide investigations ultimately lead to the arrest of Festervand on
Friday, September 7, 2012 in Macomb, Missouri. The two missing children were
placed into the custody of the State of Missouri, Family Services Division
and will be reunited with their father, Peter Ebertz.
On Monday, September 10, 2012, Festervand will appear before the court in
Hartville, Missouri; pending her extradition based off the State of Alaska
warrants. Festervand is currently incarcerated at Wright County Sheriff’s
Office in Hartville, Missouri.
The Alaska U.S. Marshals Service, Bethel Police Department and Alaska State
Troopers would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance
which lead to Festervand’s arrest and the recovery of the two missing
children: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), U.S.
Marshals Service, Southern Missouri Fugitive Task Force, Missouri Highway
Patrol, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service in Little Rock
and Forth Smith, Arkansas.
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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