A search is underway for a missing 25-year-old woman who reported seeing a toddler on the side of the interstate while calling 911 from a highway in Hoover, Alabama on Thursday night. According to the Hoover Police Department, a woman named Carlethia “Carlee” Nichole Russell called 911 emergency dispatchers on Thursday night at 9:30 p.m.
local time to report that she had pulled over to check on a child she had observed wandering down the shoulder of Interstate 459 earlier that day. According to the authorities, Russell called a relative after his 911 call.
Hoover Police Lt. Daniel Lowe said during a press conference on Friday that the family member “lost contact with” Russell during the call, but that the line remained open. Lowe stated that responding cops found Russell’s abandoned car and some of her possessions nearby, but neither Russell nor her child were present.
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Alabama police say a woman is missing after she called 911 to report a child walking on the side of an interstate. https://t.co/BXDFf1ar8A
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“A single witness has reported possibly seeing gray vehicle with a light-complected male standing outside of Carlee’s vehicle, but we have no further information on that individual or the vehicle at this time,” Lowe said. According to the cops, Russell had just picked up some dinner on her way home from the office.
Carlee’s mom Talitha Russell informed the press that her daughter was talking to her sister-in-law on the phone when the call suddenly cut off. “She’s known to be helpful and she has a big heart,” Talitha Russell said of Carlee.
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“And she does know not to stop for anyone, even a child on the side of the road. But she did call 911. And I think she kind of let her guard down thinking they were so close. And when she got out the car, she did tell my daughter-in-law, ‘I can’t just leave this little child on the side of the road.'”
According to Lowe, multiple levels of government are currently conducting a thorough search. Russell’s parents had also enlisted the help of a huge group of volunteers they had assembled to aid in the search.
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