Amber Alert Canceled Leppert found with Abductor
Politisite had asked those on I-10 and I-35 to keep a look out for Morgan Leppert and the vehicle based on some information put out by law enforcement agencies. The truck had a couplle of hits on I-10. We thought the Man was taking the child to Mexico so we opperated on that possiblity. Morgan was picked up on the Mexico border town of El Paso on near interstate 10.
Thanks to all who viewed this alert. My understanding is a business man saw the Alert on fox then googled the girls name to see a photo when he saw someone who looked like the girl he saw on fox news.
In this case the Amber Alert System worked well
Update 4:18 pm May 4, 2008 – Police Find Missing Girl
EL PASO, Texas — A 15-year-old girl at the center of a nationwide Amber Alert was found in El Paso and police said she is wanted in connection with an alleged slaying.
Authorities said Morgan Leppert was reported missing by her mother on April 22 and she was found Saturday.
Police said Leppert and her boyfriend, Toby Lowry, 22, and an unidentified person were taken into custody Saturday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Gateway West and Yarbrough Boulevard.
Florida investigators said the three were spotted off I-10 panhandling.
An Oklahoma businessman said he saw Leppert and recognized her from the nationwide Amber Alert and then called the police.
Authorities said Leppert and Lowery are wanted in connection to the alleged slaying of a 66-year-old man from Florida.
Police said the slain man’s phone number was found in the 15-year-old’s phone and that the couple allegedly stole the elderly man’s truck and drove to El Paso.
Darrel Petry, spokesman for the El Paso Police Department, said, “She is at a facility where we hold children at this time. She is with investigators. He is being interviewed by detectives for the Putnam County Sheriffs Department.”
Authorities said a Florida investigator would come to El Paso to help with the case and that the boyfriend, Lowry, was charged for stealing the truck and interfering with the custody of a child.
All three stayed in El Paso overnight.
Update: 2:29 pm May 3, 2008
Morgan Leppert may be traveling in a murder victims Truck. There have been some hits on the vehicle that may indicate that it is heading west toward Texas. There is a concern that the two are heading toward Mexico. Anyone in the Interstate 10 and Interstate 35 area please be on the look out for the Vehicle shown and the photos shown. Do not attempt to contact as this man is concidered dangerious. He is a suspected in Murder and is a convicted Felon. Please contact Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0800 or 911.
Police have linked the disappearance of a Florida teen with the murder of a senior citizen.
Florida officials now believe that the April 22 disappearance of Morgan Amanda Leppert, 15, of San Mateo, Fla., is linked to the murder of a 66-year-old Melrose, Fla., man found dead on Thursday, according to a news release by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
The body of James Thomas Stewart was found Thursday morning in his Melrose home by Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies, the department said. It was apparent that foul play had occurred, officials said.
Police linked Leppert’s disappearance to the death after finding Stewart’s phone number on a phone belonging to the teen.
An Amber Alert was issued April 22 for Leppert and her 22-year-old boyfriend Toby Lee Lowry. Police believe Lowery stole Stewart’s 2003 Toyota Tacoma with the Florida license plate 193 KLR.
Missing From: San Mateo, FL
Missing Date: 04/22/2008 12:00 AM
Issued for: Florida: Statewide
Contact: If you have information, please contact Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, 386-329-0800
Circumstances: A Florida AMBER Alert has been issued for the child. The child may be in the company of the companion. They may be traveling in the listed vehicle. Law enforcement believes that the child and companion have fled the immediate area of abduction. If you have information on the whereabouts of this child, please contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0800 or 911.
Name: Morgan Leppert
Hair Color: Blonde Eye Color: Blue
Skin Color: White Age: 15YO
Height: 5FT1 Weight: 114LBS
Name: Unknown Unknown
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Make: Toyota Model: Tacoma
Color: Silver Interior Color:
License State: FL License Text: 193KLR
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