POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says there was a possible sighting of a missing 4-year-old Polk County girl. An AMBER Alert has now been enacted in Tennessee and Kentucky.
An AMBER Alert still remains in effect for 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis in Florida and Georgia.
TBI says the AMBER Alert was expanded in East Tennessee after a possible sighting of the girl and the man she’s believed to be with in the area of Cove Lake State Park, in Campbell County, Tennessee — which is near Interstate 75 close to Tennessee/Kentucky border.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says sometime between 10 to 11 p.m. Sunday night a park ranger reported seeing a man and child matching Hogs and Rebecca’s description at the park.
Law Enforcement agencies in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama are aware of the sighting and area news agencies in those states are also reporting the sighting.
Rebecca was last seen around 9 a.m. Saturday, when her 16-year-old sister saw her sleeping in her bed at the Lazy Dazy Retreat RV/Mobile Home on Highway 98 North. The sister fell back asleep and when she woke up at 9:45 a.m., the little girl was gone.
Investigators say she is with 31-year-old West Hogs. Hogs is a long-time family friend but he has been out of the picture for the last year or so. He showed up on Friday to Rebecca’s grandmother’s house, Oma Mae Lewis, in Polk City.
After the AMBER Alert was issued, authorities saw West Hogs and Rebecca at a gas station in Forsythe, Georgia, just off of I-75 around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Surveillance images show the two together and Rebecca appears to be in good health. Since then, there hasn’t been any more sightings of the two until Monday morning.
West Hogs took off in his mother’s car without her permission. Investigators believe Hogs is still driving a 2012 grey Nissan Versa 4-door with Alabama handicapped plates.
Anyone who spots these individuals or the vehicle in which they may be traveling should call 911.