According to neighborhood police, Carlee Russell, a 25-year-old Alabama woman who went missing on Thursday, arrived back at her house on Saturday night.
Russell was reported missing on Thursday night when her mother, who lives in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, called 911 at around 9:35 p.m. to report seeing a youngster strolling along the side of the I-459 South. In addition to calling relatives “with the same details,” Russell reportedly made a stop along the interstate to check on the child.
The phone connection remained open, but her relatives later lost contact with her, according to the authorities. Police found Russell’s car and possessions when they got there, but they couldn’t find her or a child in the vicinity, which prompted an investigation into her disappearance that has garnered widespread media interest. Russell would not contact her family for around two days.
In response to a complaint that Russell had returned to her home around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Hoover police arrived “to investigate this latest development in the case,” the department stated in a statement to Newsweek on Sunday.
According to the police statement, Hoover Fire medics also responded to evaluate Russell and ultimately brought her to The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) hospital for assessment.
Police say she has since been released, and they’ve also obtained Russell’s original statement, which will be used in the investigation.
Police wrote that they are working to retrace Russell’s movements before she went missing. At about 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, she left work from Birmingham and ordered food from a nearby business. Police have not been able to locate anyone with Russell from the time she left that business until the 911 call was made. Investigators are also analyzing traffic camera footage obtained that depicted the incident, but details on this were not available, according to the statement.
The investigation into Russell’s disappearance is still underway, a police representative told Newsweek earlier on Sunday morning. He added that more information, including specifics about her condition and how she went missing, were not yet available.
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Carlee Russell’s Boyfriend Says She Is “Fighting for Her Life”
Thomar Simmons, Russell’s boyfriend, said in an Instagram post on Sunday that Russell was “fighting for her life” when she vanished.
“At this time, all I’m asking is for everyone to show Carlee some respect. She actually battled for her life for 48 hours, so until she regains her physical and mental stability, she is unable to provide any updates or information regarding the whereabouts of her kidnapper at this time, according to Simmons.
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Russell’s mother Talitha Robinson-Russell wrote in a Facebook post Sunday: “God is faithful and He has answered our prayers. We are so grateful to each of you for all the acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion you have shown. Our baby is safe!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Father God.”
She requested anonymity for the time being but promised that the family would reveal more details later.
The phone call with her daughter was previously detailed by Robinson-Russell to the local television news channel WBRC.
“At some point, she got out of the car and my daughter-in-law could hear her asking the child if they were OK,” she said. “The child did not respond, or at least she did not hear her respond. And then she heard our daughter Carlee scream and from there on all we could hear was noise, background noise in her phone which we later found out was noise from the interstate.”
Police are “very pleased” that Russell made it home, according to Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis, who spoke with WBRC.
“Just know that the police department is very happy. We wanted her to come home safe and sound, and we’ll hope that’s what happened here,” he said. “The investigation portion, we’ll get to, but to me the main deal is making sure that she got home safe with her family. And I couldn’t be more excited, and I hope the community feels the same way.”
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