A 25-year-old woman disappeared after calling 911 — and now her vehicle and other belongings have been found, Alabama officials said.
Carlethia “Carlee” Nichole Russell told emergency officials she saw a young child wandering off the side of Interstate 459. She stopped to check on the toddler and also called a parent to share news of his discovery, the Hoover Police Department said in a news release.
“The family member lost contact with her, but the line remained open,” police wrote.
As officers responded to the 911 call late Thursday, July 13, they reportedly found Russell’s abandoned vehicle and personal items, including her purse, phone and Apple Watch. But they didn’t find her or an infant, according to police and AL.com.
Police also said no one in the area had reported a young child missing, deepening the mystery.
As the search for clues continues, officers are asking anyone with information to call 205-444-7562.
Russell was “wearing a black shirt, black pants and white Nike shoes” before disappearing near mile marker 11 heading south on the freeway, police said. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 150 pounds.
Hoover is approximately 10 miles south of downtown Birmingham.
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