Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Private Investigator believes missing teen Zachary Byrd and wanted Grandfather Donald Byrd may be in Southwest Florida Or Panama City Beach.

January 8th, 2013: Kidnapped Boy: Please share to locate Zachary Byrd (14) kidnapped on 9/2/2011 from Encino, California by his grandfather Donald Byrd (58) on 9/2/2011. A felony warrant is on file for Donald E. Byrd. If you have information to locate Zachary please call 1 800 THE LOST.

NAPLESNEWS.COM ..In California is a mother missing her only child. In Bonita Springs is a grandmother who says her daughter in California can't be trusted. Somewhere in hiding is the child's grandfather, who authorities believe abducted the teen last September 2nd, 2011. And at the center of it all is Zachary Byrd a face on a MISSING poster; a boy who presumably spent his 14th birthday away from all of them on Dec. 19. Both state and federal authorities continue to investigate the alleged abduction, which the Daily News profiled in late 2011.

Now, a local private investigator says he believes the teen and his grandfather could be back in Southwest Florida.  Victor Ortino, who was hired by Zachary's mother, Stephanie Byrd, said he has seen the boy's grandmother and other relatives frequently switching vehicles and engaging in strange behaviors, like circling the block several times before going home."They're very, very smart and very, very evasive," Ortino said. "If they weren't trying to hide (Zachary and Donald) there, why would they drive around the block two or three times before they went home? If you're not doing anything wrong, you just drive to your house and you don't care if anyone's following you." At its essence, Zachary's disappearance is the crescendo of a three-year guardianship dispute between his mother, Stephanie Byrd, and her parents, Joyce and Donald Byrd, who lived for years in Naples Park. Joyce Byrd now lives in Bonita Springs.

Missing Zachary Byrd and Kidnapper GrandPa Donald Byrd; Donald E. Byrd is a 58-year-old former Collier County schoolteacher. He faces a felony count of child abduction, and the warrant, signed on Nov. 18 by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, demands his extradition to California.  While his mother Stephanie Byrd's  pursued her education, Zachary Byrd lived for six years with his grandparents at 756 96th Ave. N in Naples Park, the house his mother also grew up in.

Neighbors said Zachary Byrd was a friendly boy, well-adjusted and smart, but, one added, he "seemed like a sheltered kid."  Stephanie Byrd's attorney, Stephen Fuller, said that when the deputies entered the house in the fall of 2011, the Byrds were on the road fleeing a court order. He says they stayed with friends or family as fugitives. Perhaps in the Panhandle, NorthWest Florida. 

The house at 756 96th Ave N, Naples, FL 34108 was/is owned by Byrd, Donald E & Joyce A.  Donald E. Byrd, DOB 6/26/1954, is linked to an address in Orlando and the wife, Joyce Byrd, is linked to an address in Panama City Beach Fl, they both have relatives that link to another address in Panama City Beach Fl, a good place to hide out.  Abductor: Donald Byrd, DOB: 6/26/1954, Sex: Male, Race: Caucasian, Height: 6’2”, Weight: 250, Eyes: Blue, Hair: Black, Other:Donald may wear glasses.

Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl at www.wbipi.com