The Florida Amber Alert, issued in March for a 17-year-old girl missing from Chattanooga, Tennessee, was canceled on Friday when authorities announced she was safe in Samson, Alabama, west of Dothan, about 12 miles north of the Florida border.
Daphne Westbrook, now 18, was last seen in Tennessee in October 2019, but on March 12, according to what investigators called the case, the A “special situation” notification from Amber Alert was sent to her after information placed her in Florida with her father. Authorities believe she was abducted by her non-guardian father, John Westbrook.
The Hamilton, Tennessee District Attorney̵7;s Office said Daphne Westbrook was pulled around 1:30 a.m. Friday for violating Alabama traffic rules. Driving an old Toyota station wagon with a Colorado sign. She has her dog and several cell phones. Including one machine registered to an address outside Kansas City, the DA said.
The DA said she did not cooperate with investigators after she was pulled over. She had hired a lawyer and was not interested in talking to her mother on the phone.
“She told us that she was going to a hotel in Panama City Beach. She should be meeting her high school friend from Chattanooga,” said Hamilton County Special Projects Inspector Kerry Clewell.
After that visit She was planning to go to her aunt’s house in Sebring. south of orlando
According to the Tennessee Office of Investigation, Daphne Westbrook in October 2019 did not return from a visit to her father John Westbrook over the weekend. The agency said that in June 2020 authorities in Hamilton County issued an arrest warrant for John Westbrook, charging him with interfering in custody. He was later indicted in February 2021 with violent kidnapping.
“She was very careful not to say she was with him,” said Hamilton County Special Projects Inspector Kerry Clewell. “She used to say at 18, ‘I went to my father and said I need money, I need a car and I want to get out of here.
Officers are looking for John Westbrook. Investigators say Westbrook is known as an IT security specialist. and he made it difficult for the authorities to track them down.
Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston said when Amber Alert was issued that officers had information that Daphne Westbrook was being drugged and supplied with alcohol.
Ken Jefferson, crime and security expert at News4Jax, said: “He’s been looking for 20 years if convicted of kidnapping. Because that’s a serious crime.
UPDATE: Daphne Westbrook headed an endangered child alert issued under the Holly Bobo law earlier this week. It has been found safe in Samson, Alabama!
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– Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) May 28, 2021
Pinkston said sightings were reported in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, on March 6.
Four days ago, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials said an endangered child alert was issued for 18-year-old Daphne Westbrook now. As Westbrook turns 18, the Holly Bobo Act will be required, which increases the limit. Age from 18 to 21 on alert for endangered or missing adults.
TBI posted Friday morning that Daphne was found safe in Alabama.
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