Kidnapped girl found in Memphis will soon go home to Florida

Oct. 10, 2016: A 4-year-old Florida girl who was the subject of a Tennessee Amber Alert was found safe in Memphis Monday.

UPDATE: Rebecca Lewis was found safe in Memphis on Monday, and will soon be reunited with her family in Florida.

Officers found the 4-year-old after a Baptist Hospital employee recognized the child and 31-year-old West Wild Hogs from an Amber Alert out of Florida.

"We received a call from security here at the hospital that said that the individuals in the Amber Alert had been seen inside by an employee," Memphis Police Department spokesperson Lt. Karen Randolph said.

It was a nurse tech at the hospital who alerted security after spotting the two in the hospital.

"They were able to, through the security cameras, see the individual inside and watch him as he left," Randolph said. "So, working together with them, we were able to get the information and locate him."

When police arrived, they found the suspect and Rebecca in the garage of the parking lot as they were trying to pull out.

Rebecca was safe and her alleged abductor, West Wild Hogs, surrendered to police.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI arrived on scene to handle the investigation and questioning of Hogs.

We still don't know why Hogs and Lewis were at the hospital.

The child's family thanked everyone who was involved in finding the 4-year-old safe.

"Thank you everyone out there for bringing Becky back home to us," the child's grandmother Oma Mae Lewis said. "Thank you to the security guard that spotted them. If I could, I would come and hug everyone of your necks."

Lewis said the news that the little girls was found safe took a huge weight off the family.

"Like the world has been lifted off our shoulders," Lewis said.

Luther Lewis, the father of the 4-year-old girl, said he can't wait to get his arms around his daughter and he doesn't want to let her go.

"I just want to get my daughter and bring her home," Luther Lewis said.

Investigators said Hogs was a former family friend who showed up without notice Friday. The family had not heard from him in more than two years.  The next morning, Rebecca and Hogs were gone.

Rebecca was taken from the Lazy Dazy Retreat Mobile Home Park in Lakeland on Saturday by the 31-year-old man who had changed his name from Matthew Clark Pybus.

The two were spotted all over the southeast. They were seen in Georgia that evening and late Sunday at a Cove Lake State Park in Campbell County. Early Monday, they stopped at a convenience store in Nashville.

Polk County Sheriff's officials say they're not sure what time Rebecca will arrive home.

 

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation extended its search to a statewide Amber Alert for a 4-year-old Florida girl on Monday afternoon.

There are active Amber Alerts for 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis in Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky.

The TBI said Lewis and a man who goes by West Wild Hogs were last seen around 3:30 a.m. ET at Daily's Convenience Store at Antioch Pike and Interstate 24 in Antioch.

Around 11 a.m. Sunday, the TBI believes there was a credible sighting of Rebecca Lewis in the area of Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, Tenn. Lewis is 3 feet tall, weighs 30 pounds, and may be wearing a light pink dress.

Initially, the TBI issued an East Tennessee Amber Alert on Monday morning.

The TBI said Hogs, 31, has a scar shaped like the letter L onside of his head, a tattoo of a blue cross and another tattoo of a Chinese symbol. Hogs was last seen wearing a light colored shirt and blue jeans.

Photos: Surveillance video captures suspect, missing girl

Before Hogs' name change, his name was Matthew Clark Pybus, according to our sister station WTSP.

The TBI said there are active warrants for Hoggs for kidnapping in Polk County, Fla., and auto theft from Phoenix City, Ala. Hogs has no relation to Lewis.

Related: Amber Alert issued for missing child

Lewis and Hogs may be traveling in a 2012, silver Nissan Versa with Alabama handicap tag number 4JL26. The vehicle has a magnetic animal rescue paw on the driver side portion of the trunk.

If you have any information you are asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863-298-6200 or call 911. Anyone with information can also call the TBI at 1(800)TBI-FIND.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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