In a surprising turn of events, 25-year-old Carlee Russell, who was reported missing after calling 911 to report a toddler walking along the side of I-459, has been found safe.
The Hoover Police announced late Saturday night that Russell had shown up at her family’s front door.
Chief Nicholas Derzis stated that they were unsure how she had arrived there, but expressed relief that she was home.
The disappearance and subsequent reappearance of Carlee Russell captivated the nation and sparked countless theories and speculation on social media.
Chief Derzis, however, urged caution and emphasized the importance of relying on facts rather than rumors.
“We work with facts,” he said. “With social media, you got so many people that think they know what’s taken place. Right now, we’re just very pleased that she’s home.”
Hoover Police Department Statement on Recovery of Alabama Woman Carlee Russell
Press Release: Recovery of Alabama Woman Carlee Russell
Date: July 16, 2023
The Hoover Police Department is pleased to announce that missing person Carlee Russell, a 25-year-old resident of Alabama, has been safely recovered.
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Carlee Russell was reported missing on Thursday night after contacting emergency services to report seeing a toddler walking along the side of I-459.
After an intense search effort involving numerous law enforcement agencies and volunteers, Carlee Russell returned to her family’s residence on Saturday night.
Carlee Russell arrived at her family’s front door, leaving investigators puzzled as to how she made her way there. The circumstances surrounding her sudden disappearance and subsequent return remain unclear at this time.
Our primary focus is on ensuring Carlee’s well-being and providing support to her and her family during this challenging experience.
Throughout the search operation, various theories and speculations emerged on social media platforms. We urge the public to rely on verified information and avoid spreading unsubstantiated claims.
The Hoover Police Department works diligently to gather factual evidence and investigate cases thoroughly. We appreciate the community’s cooperation and understanding in this regard.
On the evening of the incident, Carlee Russell contacted emergency services, reporting the sighting of a child on the side of the interstate in Hoover.
She then reached out to a family member to share this information before pulling over on I-459 South near mile marker 10 to investigate further. During this encounter, the family member heard Carlee scream before losing contact with her.
Upon arrival, responding officers discovered Carlee Russell’s vehicle and personal belongings near the scene. However, neither Carlee nor the child she claimed to have seen were located. It is essential to note that no reports of a missing child were filed with the Hoover Police Department.
We obtained traffic camera footage showing the location where Carlee Russell disappeared. The footage reveals her vehicle with the driver-side door open, alongside her wig and phone. The engine was still running when law enforcement arrived.
Over the course of the 48-hour search, we witnessed an overwhelming display of support from volunteers, as well as local and federal law enforcement agencies. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone involved in this effort, which culminated in Carlee’s safe return.
Upon completion of initial reunification and emotional support processes, investigators will schedule a meeting with Carlee Russell to gather further information about her disappearance. Our priority remains ensuring her well-being and providing any necessary assistance.
The Hoover Police Department is immensely relieved that Carlee Russell has returned home safely to her family. We appreciate the community’s continued support throughout this challenging time. As the investigation progresses, updates will be provided to the public. We encourage individuals to stay informed through our official communication channels, including our news alerts app and email newsletter.
Note: This statement is based on the information available at the time of its release. Any subsequent developments may alter the understanding and interpretation of the events.