UPDATE: Man and 2 Pre-Teen Daughters Found Safe Thursday Afternoon in Columbia

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UPDATE, THURSDAY, 4 P.M.:

Eaton and the girls were found at a location in Columbia. 

All are safe.

Columbia Borough police took Eaton into custody and were with the girls until custody is transferred to Children and Youth.

Previously released:

Law-enforcement officials are looking for a Lancaster County man who skipped a recent court hearing regarding custody of his children.

Police are asking the public for information about 29-year-old Harvey David Eaton III and his two pre-teenage daughters.

Investigators believe Eaton is with the two girls: 9-year-old Skye and 2-year-old Starlah.

Anyone with information about Eaton or the girls is asked to contact their local police department or Lancaster County Detective John Wettlaufer at the District Attorney’s Office (‪717-299-8100‬).

Tips also can be submitted via this CRIMEWATCH page.

Eaton does not have a permanent address. He could be at a hotel or a friend’s home.

Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency has been granted custody of the children. However, Eaton (and the children) did not appear for an Aug. 2 hearing in Lancaster County Court.

Police believe Eaton skipped the hearing because he does not want to lose custody of his children.

Detective Wettlaufer charged Eaton with two felony counts of interference of custody of children. A warrant was issued for Eaton’s arrest.

A Lancaster County judge previously granted custody of the girls to Lancaster County Children and Youth.

At this point, we are not releasing information on reasons for the custody action. The girls’ mother is not able to care for them at this point.

Investigators do not consider the current situation an abduction, but they have been taking action in recent days to locate Eaton and the children.

There is no indication at this time that the children are endangered.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright

Date: 
Thursday, August 8, 2019