Person of interest sought in missing girl case

Person of interest sought in missing girl case

The Charleston Police Department released a sketch of a man in connection to missing 4-year-old Heidi Renae Todd who was taken from her home in the 2900 block of Sweetleaf Lane in the Whitney Lake subdivision on Tuesday.

Police Chief Rick Oliver says officers arrested Lawton Thomas Evans (Also goes by the alias Thomas Lawton Evans) in MS for the abduction of Heidi Todd.

Later in the day, the report says that the Riverdale, Alabama Police Chief Rick Oliver got a call about a suspicious vehicle parked near railroad tracks.

Oliver found Evans sleeping in a auto with Heidi Todd in the woods near a railroad track. Evans handed him the girl after Oliver said they needed to go to the station and talk, and then sped away, the chief said.

Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation say the incident started on Tuesday when her mother dropped off two of her children at school and returned to her home. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, the chief prosecutor in Charleston, say a manhunt is happening to find Evans, and he'll face multiple charges, including kidnapping.

The man accused of kidnapping a 4-year-old Johns Island girl will soon be headed back to SC to face charges.

He said Heidi's father is in the Coast Guard and is a former firefighter.

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A mother of five, Heidi's mother was in "reasonably fair condition under the circumstances" and was expected to undergo surgery, the mayor said, according to that report.

"We give God the glory and thanks that all of our prayers have been answered and in fact Heidi Todd is safe in the hands of the FBI", Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said during a news conference Wednesday night. "She didn't invite anyone into the residence", Taylor said.

Around 5 p.m. Eastern Time, someone called police to report the vehicle being there as suspicious.

Police in Charleston are searching for a missing four-year-old girl.

The FBI had offered a $10,000 reward for information on Heidi's whereabouts, the AP reported.

As he ran Evans' name through a national database, Evans asked him to hold Todd. Authorities have not issued an Amber Alert because of a lack of information on a possible suspect.

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