Missing Florida Girl, 4, Found Safe in Memphis, Alleged Abductor Arrested
Police found 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis in Memphis, Tennessee, Monday afternoon and say they took her alleged abductor, West Wild Hogs, into custody.
Rebecca has been located safe - Hogs is in custody in Memphis. pic.twitter.com/wSirXJxIni— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) October 10, 2016
A security guard reportedly noticed them in the parking lot at a Memphis hospital and called authorities.
Rebecca did not appear injured, but medical professionals will evaluate her, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. She will then be reunited with her family.
Just hours earlier, police extended the search for Rebecca to five states after she was reportedly spotted with Hogs — his legally changed name — in Tennessee Sunday night.
Police say Hogs, a family friend, took Rebecca from her Lakeland, Florida home Saturday morning while her 16-year-old sister slept.
"I'll probably never let her go," said her father, Luther Lewis, at a press conference where they thanked officers for their help locating her.
Judd said it remains unclear why the Hogs took the girl.
Rebecca’s parents said they searched for her for more than an hour before they called police.
Police obtained footage of the two at a local McDonalds in Florida on Saturday morning before seeing them again on tape Sunday night at a gas station in Forsythe, Georgia.
Authorities were hot on Hogs' tracks early Monday morning after he was spotted on surveillvance with Rebecca at a Nashville convenience store. That sighting came shortly after a park ranger at Cove Lake State Park in Campbell County, Tennessee, reported seeing two people matching their description in the park.
Rebecca’s parents, Luther Lewis and Melissa Schell, pleaded for her to be returned safely and they spoke directly to Hogs in a press conference Sunday night.
"Matt (Hog’s previous name), we're not mad at you. Let her come home. She's my baby and I'm worried sick about her please I'm begging,” Lewis said.
Lewis told WTVT that Hogs hadn’t been the same since he underwent brain surgery.
"He'd do crazy things. He would say obnoxious things," Lewis said.