Date: March 25, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager


Polk County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for a two-week-old baby taken from DCF shelter by her mother. Desiree Reyome, born on 3/7/2004, was placed in a sheltered home by DCF at 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2004, in the K-Ville area of Polk County. The baby's mother, Lisa Nicole Steverson, DOB 6/19/85, was also in that home, and disappeared with the baby between the hours of 6:30-10:30 a.m. in the homeowner's vehicle.

Desiree needs medical attention. The Department of Children and Families has issued a pick-up order for her. PCSO has issued warrants for Lisa Steverson's arrest, on charges of Grand Theft Auto and Interference with Child Custody.

Desiree Reyome is a white female, 2 weeks old, 6 lbs. 13 oz., 20 inches long, strawberry blonde hair. The child was last seen at the 1300 block of Sumner Street in Auburndale, Florida and is believed to be in danger. The child is believed to be with her mother. Lisa Nicole Steverson, mother of Desiree Reyome, is a white female, 18 years old, 150 lbs, 5 feet 3 inches tall, brown hair, brown eyes. Raymond Eugene Reyome, a white male, 35 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 175 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes, may be with the mother and child.

In the past Raymond has made threats to law enforcement and has a history of violent behavior. He has an extensive national criminal history, including charges of:

  • Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer,
  • Arson, Battery,
  • Armed Robbery,
  • Grand Theft,
  • Petit Theft,
  • Grand Theft Auto,
  • Burglary,
  • Attempted Grand Theft Auto

He has tattoos on his left hand, left shoulder, and right arm. He has current warrants for his arrest on unrelated charges of Littering and Grand Theft Auto.  The vehicle they may be traveling in is a 1984 4-door silver Toyota Corolla, Florida tag G60-NPM.  There is a Harley Davidson tag in the rear window. There is a sticker that says "Payday" on the right side of the trunk near a rust spot. There is a red, white & blue bandanna and several strands of beads hanging from the rearview mirror. The black molding on the driver's door is also missing.

Detectives and deputies from the Sheriff's Office followed up 39 leads throughout the night searching for the missing baby. They have interviewed family, acquaintances, and residents, and searched every hotel/motel in the county. The FDLE and FBI are working diligently with this agency to help find Desiree. The Amber Alert will be in effect until the baby is located.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-226-0344, 863-533-0344, or remain anonymous and call the Polk County Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

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