Rebecca Lewis Amber Alert: ‘Credible, Possible Sighting’ Of Missing 4-Year-Old Girl In Tennessee With Abductor
An Amber Alert issued for Rebecca Lewis has reached into Tennessee. There was a reporting that the missing 4-year-old girl was spotted in Campbell County, Tennessee, on Sunday night. The girl was reported missing from her home in Lakeland, Florida, on Saturday morning after a family friend, West Wild Hogs, abducted her.
The New York Daily News reports that a “credible, possible sighting” of Rebecca Lewis was reported between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Sunday in Campbell County, specifically in the area of Cove Lake State Park. Rebecca was seen with Hogs, formerly known as Matthew Clark Pybus. According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, Hogs and the girl were spotted in Nashville at 2:28 a.m. on Monday.
The two were previously reported in Forsythe, Georgia, at a gas station. Hogs was driving a 2012 gray Nissan Versa that had a handicap Alabama license plate of 4JL26. Surveillance video showed Hogs filling up at the station. Lewis appeared in good health and unharmed in the footage.
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Amber Alerts for Rebecca Lewis have reached five states in a 48-hour period — Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Rebecca Lewis was reported missing after he 16-year-old sister awoke around 9 a.m. to find her gone. Hogs, 31, arrived at the family’s home the night before and stayed over. By morning, he and Rebecca had vanished. Authorities quickly determined that the pair were together.
Speaking with WTVT 13, the girl’s father, Luther Lewis, said Hogs hasn’t been the same since undergoing brain surgery a few years ago.
“He’d do crazy things. He would say obnoxious things,” Lewis said.
A Florida AMBER Alert has been issued out of Polk County.https://t.co/Qf0E1soEZc #flamber pic.twitter.com/4WHRzpFw6v
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Rebecca Lewis’ family is pleading for her safe return. Her mother, Melissa Schell, said they just want their baby home.
“Matt, West, whatever you go by, if you’re watching or hearing us, please just drop her off somewhere in a safe location, for our baby to please come home,” Schell pleaded.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Wild West Hogs hadn’t seen Rebecca Lewis in over a year. Deputies say he took her on Saturday morning from her home at the Lazy Dazy Retreat Mobile Home Park on U.S. Highway 98.
A frantic search of the area by deputies and family members went on Saturday before a statewide Amber Alert was issued at around 5:30 p.m. Authorities have conducted house-by-house searches, utilized K9 units, and searched the surrounding area of the mobile home park. Authorities stopped the local search and expanded it statewide. The sheriff’s office began receiving hundreds of tips soon after the Amber Alert was issued. One person said the pair was spotted at a McDonald’s close to Rebecca Lewis’ home just before her family noticed she disappeared.
Frantic Search For Rebecca Lewis, Abducted Florida 4-Year-old, Stretches Into Tennessee https://t.co/4P9s3tbCxo
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West Wild Hogs has no criminal history and is wanted on kidnapping charges for the abduction of Rebecca Lewis.
According to the report, authorities from Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama are working with Polk deputies, the FBI, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in their search for Lewis and Hogs.
Rebecca Lewis has blond hair and blue eyes. She was seen in surveillance footage from the Georgia gas station wearing a pink dress.
Hogs has red hair, green eyes, and is around 5-feet-8-inches-tall and 220 pounds. He was last wearing a light-colored T-shirt and blue jeans. He has an L-shaped scar on his head and also has a blue cross tattoo and Chinese symbol tattoo. The car he’s driving is reported as stolen out of Alabama.
Heartland Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to 4-year-old girl’s return. Anyone with information on Rebecca Lewis is asked to call 1-877-419-0934.
[Featured Image by Polk County Sheriff’s Office]