A San Antonio nurse who has been missing for more than a year was found in Raleigh, North Carolina.
43-year-old Michele Roode Boyd worked as a registered nurse for the CHRISTUS Hospital System. She was reported missing on Thanksgiving Day 2016. An affidavit says Boyd disappeared, after taping her daughter's mouth shut and tying her to an ice machine at a store on Rigsby Avenue.
"She says she misses mommy, when is mommy coming home? She doesn't seem...her behavior hasn't changed any like most kids that go through trauma like that," said Seth Boyd, Michele's husband.
She was charged with abandoning a child with risk of bodily injury and police issued a warrant for her arrest. Her family desperately searched for Boyd. They passed out missing person fliers, offered a reward and even created a Facebook page that was dedicated to find her.
Yesterday, officers in North Carolina found her at a hospital and arrested her. Her husband said she was with a homeless man and had been living under an alias. Boyd's mother said her daughter got sick and was getting treated at a hospital. Eventually, she gave up her real name.
"She almost died. They said they had to resuscitate her twice and that she was in ICU with a ventilator. When she came to, her friend was there and she confessed," said Sue Roode, Michele's mother. "We all felt that she was alive somewhere. That she was running, hiding. We knew that she was exhibiting paranoia behavior before she left."
Her family said Boyd likely had a mental illness but has yet to be diagnosed by a doctor. Boyd's husband and mother are planning to stay in Raleigh to support her. They plan on getting her help before they return to San Antonio.
"I want her be able to get back to her daughter and be mommy," Roode said.