Subjects Of Amber Alert Found Safe In Hiawatha, Burris In Custody

By: Melissa Brunner, Justin Surrency
By: Melissa Brunner, Justin Surrency

(WIBW) - Major Dan Nicodemus of Leavenworth County confirms that 17 year old Logan Burris is in custody at the Leavenworth County Jail, while an investigation continues involving the Amber Alert for 16 year old Jenna Marie Hord.

Authorities say two teens who were the focus of an Amber Alert issued Thursday afternoon were found safe Thursday evening in Hiawatha, Kansas.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant says an anonymous citizen and off duty Horton Police officer Cory Lay, spotted a vehicle matching the description of the car belonging to 16-year-old Jenna Marie Hord. The citizens contacted authorities. A deputy then pulled over the vehicle and took Hord and 17-year-old Logan Burris into custody around 8 pm Thursday.

Merchant said the pair cooperated. He said no weapon was found in the vehicle. Hord and Burris were taken to the Brown Co. Sheriff's Office to wait for Leavenworth Co. authorities to pick them up and continue the investigation.

Hord had last been seen around 9:40 pm Wednesday in Leavenworth. Police say they were called to the Casey's General Store at 20th and Spruce, where Burris, who is Hord's ex-boyfriend, was fighting with Hord's current boyfriend. Burris reportedly grabbed Hord's arm pushed her into her car, then drove away.

Margie Besette, Hord's mother, spoke with KCTV5 and said she'd been told Burris threatened Hord at the convenience store, telling her he'd shoot her in the head if she didn't get into the car.

Police said they are especially concerned because Burris was spotted with a handgun earlier in the day and he was threatening people with the weapon. Police said they've had run ins with Burris before, but wouldn't elaborate because the teen is a minor.

Besette said her daughter, who is from Atchison, had dated Burris on and off for about two years, but their relationship had recently become violent. Besette said on April 1, Burris had beat up her daughter so badly, she had to go to the hospital.

Officers were told by several of Hord's friends, who said they had talked to or texted Hord, that she was OK. Police hadn't been able to verify that information and haven't had contact with her since the incident at the convenience store. Besette said she'd been told by her daughter's friends that Burris most likely broke Hord's cellphone.

Police said one of the reasons they issued the Amber Alert is because they believed Burris might try to head out of state to Missouri or Illinois.

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