Authorities are searching for a 25-year-old woman who disappeared Thursday night from an Alabama highway in Hoover after calling 911 after seeing a child walking on the side of the road.
A $25,000 reward is currently offered for the finding of Carlethea “Carly” Nicole Russell.
In addition to the $5,000 raised by Crimestoppers, an anonymous source has offered a reward of $20,000. CBS related WIAT in Alabama.
According to the Hoover Police Department, shortly after 9:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, Russell called 911 emergency dispatchers and told them she had stopped to check on a young child she had seen walking along Interstate 459 And he needed their help.
According to police, Russell allegedly called a relative shortly after calling 911. The family member “lost contact” with Russell during that call, Hoover Police Lt. Daniel Lowe said at a news conference Friday, but “the line remains open.”
According to Lowe, responding officers found Russell’s abandoned car and some of his belongings nearby, but were unable to find Russell or the child.
Lowe said, “A witness reported seeing a brown vehicle with a light colored male outside possibly Carly’s vehicle, but at this time we have no further information about that person or vehicle.” “
According to police, Russell had stopped to pick up food on her way home from work.
Carly’s mother, Talitha Russell, told reporters that her daughter broke down when she was on the phone with her sister-in-law.
Talitha Russell said of Carly, “She’s supposed to be helpful and has a big heart.” “And she knows not to stop for anybody, not even a kid on the side of the road. But she called 911. And I think she let her guard down thinking that They were so close. And when she got out of the car, she said to my daughter-in-law, ‘I can’t leave this little baby on the side of the road like that.’
According to Lowe, officials at the local, state and federal levels are conducting an intensive search.
Additionally, a large contingent of volunteers gathered by Russell’s parents was also assisting in the search.
Police gave Russell a weight of between 150 and 160 pounds and a height of 5 feet, 4 inches. According to WIATHe was last seen wearing a black shirt, black pants and white Nike shoes.
According to Hoover police, there have been no additional calls about missing children, but anyone with information about Russell’s whereabouts is being asked to call the police department.