The state has now filed charges against a third person in the August disappearance of three children from a foster home in the Seward area. Mark Quinn, 44, of Seward has been charged with custodial interference in the second degree, a misdemeanor, for his alleged role in the incident.
The criminal complaint against Quinn also sheds new light on some features of that case, in which two others so far face charges. The children’s parents, Jeffrey Erickson and Melissa Salgado also face charges of custodial interference.
Quinn did not respond to social media messages seeking comment and is not listed in the Seward area phonebook. Erickson declined to comment. Salgado did not respond to voicemail before the Seward Journal’s print deadline.
The brief disappearance at the beginning of August concluded with the location of the children in Cordova in the company of their mother, Salgado. Law enforcement allege that Erickson mislead investigators about Salgado’s whereabouts and have also charged him with hindering prosecution.
The children had been living in foster care in their own family home off Stoney Creek Avenue in Bear Creek, a detail revealed in previous court filings, but explained further in an affidavit submitted in Quinn’s case by troopers.
The Office of Children’s Services allegedly ordered that the children remain in their own home under the supervision of state-appointed guardians, according to the trooper’s affidavit. The Seward Journal has so far been unable to contact the two guardians, evidently a married couple.
The two guardians moved into the home with the children, according to the affidavit. It is not clear where Erickson and Salgado lived at this time. Court records in civil cases show that Salgado had lived at the address noted in the affidavit earlier this year, but was evicted.
The guardians informed OCS on Aug. 6 that they had moved out of the house and turned the children over to Mark Quinn and Tracey Davidson. Quinn and Davidson allegedly claimed to be cleared to take over as guardians, according to the trooper’s account of OCS’s report.
An OCS worker traveled to Seward shortly after and found that the children were no longer at the home in Bear Creek, a discovery that eventually prompted the Alaska State Troopers to put out a missing persons notice.
The Seward Journal has been unable to reach Davidson.