The Latest: Missing S Carolina girl was found safe in Alabama

JOHNS ISLAND, S. C. – The Latest on a missing 4-year-old South Carolina girl (all times are local):

8:30 pm

Authorities say a 4-year-old girl who disappeared after her mother was severely beaten in her South Carolina home has been found safe in Alabama.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, said the police chief in Riverside, Alabama, saw Heidi Todd in a vehicle Wednesday afternoon and managed to get her out safely before the driver sped away.

Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson says the 37-year-old Thomas Evans is wanted for the kidnapping. The authorities did not say why he would have kidnapped the girl.

The girl disappeared from her Johns Island home Tuesday. Tecklenburg, says her mother badly beaten after she failed to pick up two of her other children from school.

Riverside, Alabama, is located on Interstate 20, about 35 miles (55 km) east of Birmingham.


5 hours

The authorities say they want to talk to a man with tattoos of a flame and a lightning bolt on his face about the disappearance of a 4-year-old South Carolina girl.

Charleston Police issued a sketch of the man they called a person of interest Wednesday afternoon, almost 24 hours after Heidi Todd was last seen in her Johns Island home.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, says the mother of the girl was found brutally beaten after officers went to the home around 6 a.m. Tuesday, as two of her other children were not picked up at school.

Tecklenburg says the woman told the police that she was attacked as she returned home.

The mayor says the man in the drawing was seen in the neighborhood in the days before the girl disappeared.


12:50 pm

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information about a 4-year-old girl disappeared in South Carolina.

The reward was announced during a press conference on Wednesday about the case of Heidi Renae Todd.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg also told reporters that Heidi’s mother was “brutally beaten” and is in the hospital. Interim-chief of Police Jerome Taylor said that an “unwanted guest” was at the Todd house, but could not characterize the incident as a burglary.

Taylor said that researchers try to “unravel . . . the motivation.”

Heidi was reported missing on Johns Island shortly before 6 a.m., Tuesday.


11:05 pm

The officials are looking for a 4-year-old girl disappeared in South Carolina.

Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis told the local media that the officers are looking for Heidi Todd. She was reported missing on Johns Island shortly before 6 a.m., Tuesday.

Police officers, firefighters, the Charleston County Rescue Squad and the us Coast Guard searched through the night without success.

Crews searched a pond near her Johns Island home Wednesday morning.

The State Law Enforcement Division has asked law enforcement agencies across the state to look at the girl. Authorities have not issued an Amber Alert due to a lack of information about a possible suspect.

She was last seen wearing pink pants and a blue shirt.

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