GREENE COUNTY, Mo. — The father who left his Greene County home with his two children has been charged.
Court records say Darrell Peak has been charged with two counts of parental kidnapping.
Peak and his two children, Mayson and Kaiden, have been missing from Greene County since Thursday.
Family members last saw Darrell, Mayson and Kaiden Peak at 4 p.m. on Thursday. Court documents say Darrell had a handgun holstered on his hip during an incident where he left the home in one of the vehicles but then wrecked it. His wife and other children went to check on Darrell and it was then he went into the other car where Mayson and Kaiden were sitting in and drove off.
Deputies were called to investigate the situation at 10 a.m. Friday. By 2:35 p.m., Darrell Peak’s car was found abandoned on State Highway 65 North of Warsaw.
Greene County Sheriff’s Office said a Missouri State Trooper stopped to assist Darrell Thursday evening before he was known to be missing. He declined any assistance at the time.
“In law enforcement, we can only act on information that we have or things that we perceive,” said Deputy Jason Winston, public information officer for the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. “In this case, the officers did not think he needed to be detained and further investigated upon.”
At about 7 p.m. Thursday, MSHP was called about a man and two small children walking along State Highway 65, but the three could not be located.
At 7:52 p.m., a Benton County Deputy observed who she believed to be the three walking on Highway 65 North of the vehicle, turned around to check on the three but was unable to locate them.
Greene County Sheriff’s Office said that while several attempts to issue an Amber Alert have been made, the case has yet to meet the criteria to issue any.
“We’ve approached the highway patrol on a few occasions with the information in an attempt to get an amber alert put out, but it has not met the criteria,” said Winston. “The highway patrol wants to preserve that criteria because we want to protect the seriousness of amber alerts. We don’t want to issue amber alerts so much that the public becomes numb to it.”
According to court documents, authorities learned on February 27 that on February 24, Darrell was seen at a casino in Miami, Oklahoma pulling out $600 from his debit card saying that he and his kids are going to get a fresh start.
“That pretty much communicates that he has no intention of bringing the children back home,” said Winston.
The investigation is still ongoing, and the Sheriff’s Office is asking anybody with information about the whereabouts of Darrell, Mayson and/or Kaiden Peak are asked to call 911.