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Orion Douglas Memmott & Faith Leigh Harris (no photo available for Donna Harris)

Missing 5-Year-Old Found Safe in California

Five-year-old Faith Lee Harris has been found safe after being taken from her grandmother’s home. The grandmother, Donna Jean Miles Harris, had temporary custody of the child while the case was in court.

On April 10, Lincoln County D.S.S. contacted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after learning the child had been removed from Harris’ home. The D.S.S. worker told Officers the child was taken from the home on April 2 after the grandmother contacted her ex-husband in California. The grandfather, 84-year-old Orion Douglas Memmott, then flew to Lincoln County and returned to California on April 3 with the child.

On April 10, the Sheriff’s Office contacted the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons concerning an Amber Alert for the child. Officers were told to contact the agency in California since the child’s last known location was there.

The California Highway Patrol sent out an endangered missing person dispatch to three area counties near Memmott’s home. He was tracked in several areas of Nevada and California and was arrested on April 13 at a motel in Williams, California. The child was safe and was turned over to the Colusa County Department of Social Services in California.

Memmott was arrested and placed in the Colusa County Detention Center where he is being held without bond. Memmott and Donna Harris were each charged with felony abduction of a child. Harris was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond with a District Court appearance scheduled for May 4.