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Sheriff: 1 charged for harboring father whose 2-year-old daughter found in NE Iowa

A woman has been charged for harboring a fugitive in connection to the case of a missing 2-year-old boy and his family.

Posted: May. 21, 2018 9:16 AM
Updated: May. 21, 2018 9:21 AM
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WINNESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa – A woman has been charged for harboring a fugitive in connection to the case of a missing 2-year-old and her family.
Tami Linne, 56, of Bluffton, Iowa, has been charged in Winnesheik County for accessory to a felony.
The woman “knowingly harbored wanted felon William Ray and his missing family from South Carolina,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
Dakota Ray, who was listed as a missing and exploited child since April 15, was located last week and is now in custody of the Department of Human Services, where she is being cared for after being located near Decorah.
On Thursday, dispatch in Winneshiek County received a call about a possible sighting of the Ray family at the Decorah Wal-Mart.
A short time later, deputies located and stopped a vehicle on Quarry Hill Rd.
William Ray, 44, was arrested and charged with felony theft, operating a non-registered vehicle, fifth-degree theft, no valid driver’s license and failure to provide proof of financial liability. He also had an outstanding warrant out of South Carolina.
Jessica Ray, 36, was arrested for fifth-degree theft.
The parents had initial appearances before a magistrate Friday. William Ray is being held on $10,000 cash bond on the Winneshiek County charges and no bond on the South Carolina charges.

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