FBI Offering $10K Reward in Case of Missing Johns Island Girl
UPDATE 4:51PM: From Charleston Police: “A private citizen, who wants to remain anonymous, has made a $10,000 donation in addition to the original amount of the $10,000 reward offered by the FBI for information leading to the recovery of 4-year-old missing (girl).”
JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WTAT-TV)– Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Interim Police Chief Jerome Taylor held a press conference Wednesday afternoon about the on-going efforts to find a missing 4-year-old.
Charleston Police say the child was first reported missing just before 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Whitney Lake subdivision.
Police, fire, rescue and coast guard officials joined in the search off Sweetleaf Lane for the missing girl well into the evening hours, and resumed search and recovery operations by 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
During that press conference, we learned that the child’s mother was taken to a local hospital after she was “brutally beaten.” Chief Taylor said the mother is in a reasonably fair condition despite the circumstances, but details about the attack are limited.
We also learned there are four other children – two of which where in the home, two were not. The children’s school reportedly contacted police when the mother did not pick them up, according to Chief Taylor. We are told those children are safe and sound.
Officials say an Amber Alert has not yet been issued because they do not have enough information about the incident. Right now officials do not even know if a car is involved, and if so, there is currently no vehicle description.
Officials say the mother was only able to give limited information about the person of interest, who was described as a Hispanic male between ages 25 and 30.
Chief Taylor said it was unknown if the mother knew the attacker, but could verify that he was an unwanted guest.
The child’s father was reportedly out of town for work at the time of the incident and is doing everything he can to quickly get back into town.
The FBI is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of 4-year-old Heidi Todd.
A 24-hour tip line has been set up for anyone who may have any information about this incident. You are asked to call 843-619-6123.