Tennessee authorities announced that a two-year-old girl who they believed had been abducted by her father after he murdered her mother has been found safe.
Brooklynne Enix was found safe and her father , Tyler Enix, 36, was taken into custody without incident in a rural area of Ohio on Thursday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.
Brooklynne had been missing since at least 2:18 p.m. Wednesday, when officers conducting a welfare check at her Knoxville home discovered the body of Kimberly Enix, 36. Her coworkers called police after the woman failed to show up at work, officials said.
Investigators believed the woman’s estranged husband, Brooklynne's father, killed her and fled with their daughter in Kimberly Enix’s 2011 black Chevrolet Impala with the Tennessee license plate G61-16U.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an amber alert for Brooklynne and Knoxville police charged Tyler Enix, who police said has a history of domestic violence, with first-degree murder.
AMBER ALERT: Be on the lookout for Brooklynne Enix, 2, missing from Knoxville! Spot her? 1-800-TBI-FIND! Please RT! pic.twitter.com/rqyU05zNik— TBI (@TBInvestigation) October 28, 2015
A billboard alert informing passersby that Brooklynne was missing was also launching nationwide.
"Help us #FindBrooklynne," the Knoxville Police Department tweeted.
“Bring Brooklynne somewhere safe,” Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said during a press conference Thursday, speaking to the child’s father. “Drop her off with someone safe. This is about (Brooklynne). We know you love the child. You care about the child.”
Law enforcements pleas were answered when a citizen who heard the Amber alert on the radio realized he was behind Kimberly Enix's black Chevy, police said.
"The citizen called 911 and deputies with the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office responded and initiated a traffic stop. Enix was taken into custody without incident. His 2-year-old daughter Brooklynne was recovered and is safe," TBI said in a statement.
Enix has a history of domestic violence and pleaded guilty in October 2010 to assault and harassment against his previous wife, WBIR-TV reported. He received a four-year prison sentence and, according to the state Department of Correction website, he was released in July 2014.
He also attacked his ex-girlfriend in December 2004 for breaking up with him and stalked and harassed a different ex-wife in 2001, according to the TV station.
“Based on previous incident where he threatened his previous wife at gunpoint, Tyler Enix should be considered armed and dangerous,” Rausch said.
Brooklynne’s parents were in the process of divorcing, but it was not immediately clear if they were legally separated, Rausch said.
“As I understand it, he’s not supposed to be at the residence,” Rausch said.
He would not disclose the manner in which Kimberly Enix was killed, but called the crime “horrific.”