Missing Lakeland girl to be reunited with family Tuesday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The 4-year-old Florida girl who was the focus of a multistate search was found Monday in the parking lot of a Memphis hospital when she was noticed by an employee. Her suspected captor was taken into custody.

She is expected to be returned to her family tomorrow, Oct. 11, 2016.

Rebecca Lewis, 4, was taken from the Lazy Dazy Retreat Mobile Home Park in Lakeland on Saturday. Police believe Lewis was taken by 31-year-old West  Wild Hogs, who changed his name from Matthew Clark Pybus.

There were Amber Alerts for Lewis in Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky.

"We have Rebecca Lewis and she is safe. And West Wild Hogs is in the pen," said Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County in Florida, where the girl lives, during a news conference Monday afternoon. 


The two had been spotted all over the Southeast. They were seen in Georgia that evening and late Sunday at a state park in Tennessee. Early Monday, they stopped at a convenience store in Nashville, Tenn., before possibly heading north to Kentucky.

Authorities didn't immediately release specifics about how the two were located or what charges Hogs might face.  Memphis Police say the FBI have taken custody of Hogs and are now in charge of the investigation.


(© 2016 WTSP)


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