A state-wide Amber Alert has been issued by Florida authorities after 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis was abducted from her Lakeland home on Saturday morning. Officials believe that the little girl is in extreme danger and say that she was abducted by a former family friend by the name of West Wild Hogs; the two were last in Forsythe, Georgia.
According to the Amber Alert 4-year-old Rebecca Ann Lewis is 3 feet tall, weighing 30 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. NBC affiliate WFLA relayed that a release from authorities showed that their belief is that the little girl is in “extreme danger” and are asking that the public be vigilant and on the look out to help locate the abducted girl. Her abductor is said to be a former family friend, who had his name legally changed from Matthew Clark Pybus to West Wild Hogs, and is a 5′ 5″ white male who weighs 256 pounds. Hogs is 31-years-old with strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes and also has an “L” shaped scar on the left side of his head, along with a tattoo of a blue cross and a Chinese symbol.
West Wild Hogs is actually from the Seale, Alabama, area and is reported to have been driving a silver 2012 Nissan Versa, with Alabama handicap plate 4-J-L 26, that his mother had reported stolen.
A witness spotted the suspect with Rebecca and the Nissan on Saturday night at about 6:30 p.m. outside of a gas station in Forsythe, Georgia, off Interstate 75. A quick investigation into the report was corroborated by security cameras which caught sight of the pair at the gas station. Deputies reported that it does seem as though Rebecca was in good health, as she was seen wearing a pink dress while Hogs had on a light colored t-shirt with blue jeans.
The two remain at large and have not been seen since. A WATE report said that the direction they are travelling in is also unknown but they seem to be driving north from Florida.
The Inquisitr reported that it was Rebecca’s 16-year-old sister who first noticed she was missing from their home with their grandmother at the Lazy Dazy Retreat Mobile Home Park on U.S. Highway 98. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that the sister had woken and seen the little girl still sleeping at about 9 a.m. but when she woke up again in 45 minutes, Rebecca was not in her bed. The parents began a frantic search of the neighborhood for more than an hour before they realized that she was truly nowhere to be found and called law enforcement and the Amber Alert was later issued.
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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office utilized police dogs and a helicopter while also going door-to-door as they searched in vain for Rebecca Lewis. Investigators discovered though that Hogs, a former family friend who lived in Alabama and had not been seen or heard from in over two years, had showed up announced at Rebecca’s grandmother’s home the night before and had seen her. Oma Mae Lewis is Rebecca’s grandmother and spoke of how friendly the little girl always is and pleaded for her safe return.
“She’s a beautiful little blonde headed baby that just loves anybody and anything. Unfortunately, she does not meet a stranger, and that’s probably the worst thing that can happen right now… If you’re out there, and you are with Becky, please call me. Tell me where to come get her. I love you, baby. Just bring my baby back home to us.”
Though West Wild Hogs did not have a known criminal record he was the most likely suspect, a suspicion cemented when the car neighbors at the Lazy Dazy had seen Hogs in was revealed to have been reported stolen by his own mother. It was surmised that Hogs had driven off with Rebecca to return to his home state of Alabama and the Amber Alert was promptly issued.
The Polk County police have established a base of communications in their hunt for the abducted little girl and a telephone tips hotline has been set up for. Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Rebecca Lewis and West Hogs is urged to call 1-877-419-0934.
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