The mysterious disappearance of 25-year-old nursing student Carlee Russell in Alabama has caught national attention. Police recently provided new details in a press conference shedding light on the puzzling incident.
Carlee Russell vanished after calling 911 and her brother’s girlfriend to report seeing a wandering toddler on the road. First responders found her car and belongings but not Russell herself. However, she returned home approximately 49 hours after her initial disappearance and claimed to have been kidnapped by two individuals before escaping.
While the police acknowledge Russell’s account, they have not been able to verify most of her initial statements. Authorities remain uncertain about the presence of a missing toddler, and no other drivers reported such a sighting on the busy road.
Some questionable internet searches by Russell before her disappearance have raised doubts about the validity of her abduction claims. She searched for information about Amber Alerts, local bus tickets, and the movie “Taken” on the day she vanished. Additionally, she looked up ways to steal money from a register without being caught. Police also found internet searches related to Amber Alerts on her workplace computer.
According to Russell’s account, a man with orange hair kidnapped her after she stopped to check on the supposed toddler. She described being taken to a trailer where she heard an adult female and a crying baby. Although she managed to escape twice, there was little evidence to support her claims. Detectives observed a tear in her shirt, a minor lip injury, and found $107 in cash in her sock.
Police also revealed that Russell purchased snacks at Target shortly before her disappearance, but those items were not found with her belongings. Before vanishing, she left her workplace with a dark-colored bathrobe, a roll of toilet paper, and other items that were not recovered at the scene.
Authorities played Russell’s 911 call during the press conference, where she described seeing a white male toddler in a diaper. Surveillance footage from her neighborhood on Saturday showed Russell walking alone before returning home.
As the investigation continues, authorities are still looking for evidence to corroborate Russell’s account and gain a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.