Alabama police refute key claim about missing child as video revealed

Alabama police refute key claim about missing child as video revealed
Alabama police refute key claim about missing child as video revealed

Alabama police are expected to hold a press conference about the mysterious disappearance of Carlee Russell today amid mounting questions over what actually happened to her.

Nursing student Ms Russell, 25, vanished from the side of Interstate 459 in Hoover just after 9.30pm on 13 July, moments after she called 911 to report seeing a toddler alone on the road.

A huge search operation was launched as her family begged the public to come forward with information. Two days later, Hoover Police said that they received a 911 call saying that Ms. Russell had suddenly returned home on foot.

While authorities declined to give details on the circumstances of her disappearance and return, Ms Russell’s family alleged that she had been a victim of a kidnapping.

On Tuesday night, Hoover Police cast doubts on one of the key aspects of the case – saying that there is no evidence of a toddler walking along the highway. They also said investigators have obtained a video of the moment Ms Russell returned home.

Officials are expected to provide additional details about the progress of the investigation at a 2.30pm press conference on Wednesday.

Key Points

  • Who is Carlee Russell?

  • Alabama police find ‘no evidence’ Carlee Russell was trying to help a toddler on the highway when she disappeared

  • Carlee Russell’s parents insisted she was kidnapped

  • What really happened to Carlee Russell?

  • Timeline in the Carlee Russell case

Carlee Russell was ‘unresponsive but breathing’ when she returned home

3:30 p.m , Ariana Baio

Carlee Russell vanished from Interstate 459 just after 9.30pm on Thursday 13 July, sparking a massive search operation as authorities and family held grave fears for her safety.

The Hoover Police Department said they received a 911 call from the home Ms Russell shared with her parents at 10.44pm on Saturday to say she had returned home on foot.

Ms Russell was “unresponsive but breathing”, according to police dispatch audio obtained by Mail Online.

Emergency services responded and took Ms Russell to UAB Hospital for treatment before she was released.

Detectives conducted a preliminary interview with Ms Russell at the hospital, but no further details have been released by authorities about where she was.

Her boyfriend Thomar Latrell Simmons has claimed she was kidnapped and had been “fighting for her life” for 48 hours.

Carlee Russell was supposedly helping a child, police said differently

15:00 , Ariana Baio

Nursing student Carlee Russell, 25, vanished without a trace from the side of Interstate 459 in Hoover on the night of July 13 – just moments after she called 911 saying she had spotted a toddler alone on the road.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found Ms Russell’s car still running and her cell phone and wig close by, but no sign of the 25-year-old.

A huge search operation was launched to try to track down the missing woman, with her family begging the public to come forward with any information.

Investigators in Alabama have found “no evidence” that Ms Russell was trying to help a toddler walking along a highway at the time of her mysterious disappearance.

On the night she disappeared, Hoover police said that the 25-year-old left her workplace and ordered food from the nearby restaurant The Colonnade.

After stopping by The Colonnade, she went to the Target on Highway 280 and bought some snacks, police said.

These items were not found inside her abandoned vehicle along the highway nor were they found with her cellphone and wig in the scene of her disappearance.

Police said that the investigation had uncovered no evidence of a toddler walking down the interstate and had not received any additional calls about a wandering child – despite surveillance footage capturing numerous other vehicles passing through the area around that time.

Press conference scheduled for 2:30pm cst today.

2:45 p.m , Ariana Baio

Hoover Police will provide an update about the Carlee Russell case at 2.30pm CST / 3.30pm ET in a press conference on Wednesday.

Timeline in the Carlee Russell case

2:30 p.m , Ariana Baio

July 13, 8.20pm – Carlee Russell leaves her workplace, Summitt in Birmingham.

Ms Russell then went to order food from The Colonnade, a local business.

9.34pm – Ms Russell calls the Hoover Police Department to report a toddler walking alongside the interstate

Ms Russell also called her brother’s girlfriend and told her she was pulling over to check on the toddler.

9.36pm – Police believe Ms Russell goes missing sometime after this.

14 July, 4.06pm – Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issues a missing persons advisory

15 July, 10.44pm – Ms Russell returned home to her parent’s house on foot

Carlee Russell’s boyfriend claims she was kidnapped

14:00 , Ariana Baio

Thomar Latrell Simmons, the boyfriend of Carlee Russell, claimed in a Facebook post that she was kidnapped and was “fighting for her life for 48 hours” after going missing.

Mr Simmons said his girlfriend is not “physically or mentally stable” at the moment to speak about her normal or about the alleged kidnapper, sharing their photographs.

“I don’t even know how to start off this post but to only say thank you to my lord & savior Jesus Christ for saving my girlfriend’s life!” he said on Sunday.

Watch: Carlee Russell’s mom speaks out

13:40 , Ariana Baio

Carlee Russell’s parents insisted she was kidnapped

13:20 , Ariana Baio

The parents of Carlee Russell, the 25-year-old Alabama woman who disappeared for 48 hours after reporting that she spotted a child on the side of a highway, have been spoken out for the first time since their daughter returned.

“We tried to hug as best we could, but I had to stand back because she was not in a good state,” Talitha Russell told The Daily Beast about seeing her daughter returning home. “So we had to stand back and let medical professionals work with her.”

While Ms Russell has been reported safe, mystery still swirls around what happened in the two days in which she vanished. Her parents and the police haven’t shared what transpired in that period.

Her parents have maintained that she was “absolutely” abducted. “There were moments when she physically had to fight for her life, and there were moments when she had to mentally fight for her life,” the mother told the outlet.

“She’s having to deal with the trauma of people just making completely false accusations about her,” she added. “Carlee has given detectives her statement so that they can continue to pursue her abductor.”

Who is Carlee Russell?

13:16 , Ariana Baio

Carlethia “Carlee” Nichole Russell, 25, is at the center of a mysterious missing person case in Alabama.

Ms Russell, who lives with her parents in Hoover, disappeared last Thursday, July 13, after calling the police to report a toddler walking alongside the interstate alone.

However, upon arrival, authorities found no sign of a toddler or Ms Russell.

For 48 hours, authorities and Ms Russell’s family spent hours frantically searching for her. Then, somehow, the 25-year-old appeared at her family’s home.

A 911 call revealed Carlee Russell was ‘unresponsive but breathing’  when she returned to her home in Hoover, Alabama (Hoover Police Department)

A 911 call revealed Carlee Russell was ‘unresponsive but breathing’ when she returned to her home in Hoover, Alabama (Hoover Police Department)

While Ms Russell has been reported safe, mystery still swirls around what happened in the two days in which she vanished. Her parents and the police haven’t shared what transpired in that period.

So far, her parent’s shave maintained that she was “absolutely” abducted.

Ms Russell worked part time at The Woodhouse Spa and was also a student at Jefferson State Community College, where she was studying to be a nurse, according to AL.com.

Catch up with the Carlee Russell case

13:10 , Ariana Baio

Carlethia “Carlee” Nichole Russell vanished on July 13 after calling 911 to report she had seen a toddler walking on the side of Interstate 459 in Alabama.

The 25-year-old stopped her car from checking on the child, and called a family member before losing contact, according to the Hoover Police Department.

By the time officers arrived five minutes later, Ms Russell had disappeared with her car engine still running, and the toddler was nowhere to be found.

Law enforcement and family mounted a desperate search for the missing woman and pleaded with the public for help.

Then just over 48 hours later, the police were notified that Ms Russell had returned home on foot.

Bevan Hurley reports:

What really happened to Carlee Russell?

Alabama police find ‘no evidence’ Carlee Russell was trying to help a toddler on the highway when she disappeared

13:07 , Ariana Baio

Investigators in Alabama have found “no evidence” that Carlee Russell was trying to help a toddler walk along a highway at the time of her mysterious disappearance, which has been revealed.

Nursing student Ms Russell, 25, vanished without a trace from the side of Interstate 459 in Hoover on the night of July 13 – just moments after she called 911 saying she had spotted a toddler alone on the road.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found Ms Russell’s car still running and her cell phone and wig close by, but no sign of the 25-year-old.

Rachel Sharp reports:

Alabama police found ‘no evidence’ Carlee Russell was trying to help toddlers