READINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A man and woman are facing charges after a missing juvenile was located at their Readington Township residence.
On Monday May 13, at 3:06 p.m., township police responded to a residence on Flemington-Whitehouse Road after receiving information that a runaway juvenile may be located there. The juvenile had been missing since October 2018 from the state of Virginia, police said.
Officers spoke with the homeowners of the property, Darren and Tracy Pieper and during the course of the investigation, officers located evidence indicating that the missing juvenile was potentially staying there in a makeshift apartment, police said.
Officers continued their search until the missing juvenile was located hiding inside a van parked at the rear of the Pieper’s property, police said.
After locating the juvenile, it was determined that Darren and Tracy were allegedly providing false information and obstructing the officers’ attempts to locate that juvenile, police said.
Darren Pieper was charged with third-degree custodial interference, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree obstructing the administration of law, fourth-degree hindering (his own) apprehension, and providing alcohol to minors.
Tracy Pieper was charged with fourth-degree obstruction the administration of law, and hindering (her own) apprehension..
Darren Pieper was lodged in the Somerset County Jail to await his first appearance. Tracy Pieper was released on a summons complaint.
The juvenile was turned over to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency until they could be reunited with family.
The Hunterdon County Prosecutors Office, Henrico County (VA) Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations assisted on this case.