EXTON — A woman who eluded law enforcement for nearly two years after kidnapping her daughter in 2017 was found with the child in Chester County on Saturday. She had two guns in her possession when she was arrested.
Tracy Rearden, 32, also known as Tracy Jean Sibra, was arrested at 12:15 p.m. by members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force, along with officers from the Uwchlan Township Police Department.
Rearden had been on the run since July 25, 2017, after illegally taking her daughter, officials said.
Rearden was wanted by Great Falls police in Montana on felony charges of custodial interference.
Deputy Marshals in Philadelphia received a tip on Saturday that Rearden could be found visiting a friend’s home in Exton. Marshals acted on the tip and then located a vehicle Rearden was believed to be operating in the 500 block of Merioneth Drive.
Surveillance was established by U.S. Marshals and shortly after noon, investigators observed Rearden and her 5-year-old daughter Sydney exiting the home they believed her to be visiting. Rearden’s vehicle was strategically blocked in by officers and she was taken into custody without incident and her daughter was recovered safely.
During the arrest, Rearden was found to be in possession of two firearms for which she will face charges in Chester County.
Rearden was booked into the Chester County Prison awaiting extradition back to Montana. Her daughter was turned over to law enforcement officials while she waits to be reunited with her father from Montana.
“The Marshals Service takes great pride in recovering missing and exploited children," said Robert Clark, supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal. "I am extremely pleased we were successfully able to assist our law enforcement partners in Montana.”
The Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force is a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. Marshals in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. The task force’s objective is to seek out and arrest violent crime fugitives.
Membership agencies include the Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania State Parole Officers, Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Attorney General special agents.