Officials Announce Person of Interest in Heidi Todd Case
CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg announced a person of interest in the disappearance of 4-year-old Heidi Todd.
Mayor Tecklenburg held up a flier with a man who appeared to have a flame tattooed on one side of his face and lightening on the other side.
Officials believe the person of interest was seen in the neighborhood days prior and may have seen something or have information on the suspect in this investigation. He is described as a Hispanic male between the ages of 30 and 40.
He has black hair and brown eyes with a stocky build, estimated between 5’10” and 6’00”.
Response crews are continuing their search of nearby waterways, but have determined Todd is not in the neighborhood lake.
Interim Police Chief Jerome Taylor assured the public that there is no threat to the general public and that the neighborhood was very safe.
Mayor Tecklenburg also said he visited with Heidi Todd’s family in the hospital – but did not say much about their mood or situation.
Heidi’s mother was assaulted as she was entering her home Sweetleaf Lane home on Tuesday. She was discovered by law enforcement after receiving a call from the children’s school after they were not picked up at the end of the day. Two other children were at home during the incident.
Police are still investigating the timeline of the attack.
Earlier Wednesday, FBI officials announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of 4-year-old Heidi Todd. By Wednesday evening, a private citizen, who wished to remain anonymous, made a $10,000 donation – doubling the reward offered by the FBI to $20,000.
Anyone with information is asked to call the 24-hour tip line at 843-619-6123.