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For Immediate Release

September 07, 2012 Sr. Inspector Lisa Norbert, District of Alaska (907) 271-3504;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Alaska Fugitive Arrested & 2 Missing Children Recovered in Macomb, Missouri

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 considered missing.

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.

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