Five-year search for missing child ends in Madisonville

Posted 4/15/20

Madisonville Police Department officers arrested longtime FBI fugitive Heather Renee Inks in Madisonville April 4. Inks, accused of abducting her 10-year-old daughter in 2014, was ultimately taken into custody by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Department of Justice in the early hours of the morning.

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Five-year search for missing child ends in Madisonville

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Madisonville Police Department officers arrested longtime FBI fugitive Heather Renee Inks in Madisonville April 4. Inks, accused of abducting her 10-year-old daughter in 2014, was ultimately taken into custody by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Department of Justice in the early hours of the morning.

Her daughter and FBI Missing Person Penelope Carmel Inks, now 15, was discovered and rescued by officials during the process.

Heather Inks was wanted in Texas for allegedly abducting Penelope after sole custody was granted to the child’s father, Kevin Inks, who had not seen either since the 2014 hearing.

A state arrest warrant was issued for Inks in June 2014 in Galveston County after she was charged with interfering with child custody. In January of 2015, she was also charged with unlawful flight to avoid persecution and a federal warrant was issued by the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas.

Heather Inks was questioned by MPD officers after she expressed fear for her safety through a phone call to the police from her room at the Days Inn & Suites in Madisonville around 1 a.m. April 4.

During questioning, Inks’ true identity was ultimately reveled after she provided a number of aliases, including the name she used during the call, “Rose Louvet.” The officers were also able to discover through questioning that Penelope was located in another room of the same motel.

Penelope Inks was found in an emaciated state and transferred to an undisclosed hospital for physical and mental evaluation.

The officers present did not report any substance abuse.

“(MPD Officers on scene) did a great job of thorough questioning and not giving up on the names she was giving,” said MPD Chief Herbert Gilbert. “This enabled the dispatchers to be able to run a few names and come up with the aliases, which is how the ball got rolling on finding her true identity.”

Kevin Inks was quoted in a press release from Klein Investigations after the arrest of his ex-wife and discovery of his daughter. He learned of the incident shortly before 5 a.m. April 4.

“I would like to thank all investigators that participated in finding my daughter successfully,” said Kevin Inks. “I want to especially thank the officers in Madison County for their professional and excellent police work that was done (April 4). As you can assume, we are very emotional right now and many details of the capture of my ex-wife and my daughter are yet to come out. We are asking as a family that the media and public give us time to digest the events of (April 4) and begin the unification process with Penelope. I understand that my daughter is not in a mental or physical state to handle any more stress.”

The events of April 4 in Madisonville concluded a five-year national and international manhunt for Heather Inks.

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