Missing Charleston County girl found; father in custody

Gregory Perez

Authorities have found a man Charleston County deputies say kept his 2-year-old daughter contrary to a court order.

The girl, Isabella Perez, was reported missing by her mother Sunday night. She was located about noon Monday in Mount Pleasant, according to Maj. Eric Watson. Her father, Gregory Perez, 34, of Kittridge Drive in Charleston ran into a wooded area near Richies Way, which is near Park West. He will be charged with custodial interference.

Deputies searched for him using an airplane and dogs. Mount Pleasant police assisted and said Perez was wearing tan or khaki shorts and no shirt. By late afternoon, the search was called off when the dogs lost track of Perez, but deputies and police later located him.

A family court order gave the mother primary custody of the daughter. Perez had custody of his daughter, who turns 3 in November, every other weekend from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a missing person advisory. Her mother reported her missing when Perez didn’t show up with her Sunday night.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.