Missing woman found in Vegas, had been out on bond for meth

Dec 6, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

A Riverton woman who went missing from her home a year ago has been found in Las Vegas.

An arrest warrant was issued after Hartbank disappeared from her mother's home in November 2016.

At the time, Hartbank had been released on bond over felony methamphetamine charges.

By January, Fremont County Attorney Pat LeBrun had expressed concern over Hartbank's well-being.

Hartbank was found mid-November in Las Vegas and was recently transported to Fremont County, where she was re-arrested for bond revocation over the weekend.

Hartbank's original methamphetamine charges came in October 2016 after an informant for the Division of Criminal Investigation told special agent Kiel Holder in August that Hartbank and her boyfriend, Jeremy Harding, would travel to Jeffrey City to buy methamphetamine and sell it in Riverton.

DCI placed a tracking device on Hartbank's vehicle and monitored her movements for nearly a month.

After traveling to Jeffrey City on Oct. 5, officials said Hartbank passed through Rawlins, Rock Springs and Las Vegas, at which point another "confidential source" told state agents that a "large shipment of methamphetamine" was likely to arrive in Riverton within days.

When Hartbank arrived in town, agents stopped her vehicle and found 5.5 ounces of the drug. She was charged with two felonies: possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and felony possession of a controlled substance.

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