Missing on Alabama Highway: Carlee Russell Revealed
Woman disappears after stopping to check on child on Alabama interstate.
The search is still ongoing for a 25-year-old woman named Carlethia "Carlee" Nichole Russell, who went missing after pulling over on an interstate in Alabama. Russell called 911 and spoke to a family member, informing them that she had seen a child walking on the side of the road. A video from a traffic camera captured the moment Russell pulled over, with her hazard lights on. She was on the phone with her family member when she approached the child, but the call abruptly ended when Russell screamed. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Russell's car running with its door open. Her wig, hat, and cell phone were discovered, but there was no sign of Russell or the child she was trying to assist.
Authorities are now examining Russell's phone for any potential clues. They have not received any reports of missing children in the area. A witness reported seeing a man standing near Russell's vehicle before the police arrived. The investigation is currently exploring all possible angles to solve the mystery of Russell's disappearance.
Russell is described as approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing around 150 to 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black shirt, black pants, and black tennis shoes. Russell had finished work at The Summit in Birmingham before driving towards Hoover, where she resides with her parents. On the day she went missing, she briefly interacted with members of the Harpersville Police Department.
Russell is a student at Jefferson State Community College, studying to become a registered nurse. The college expressed their concerns for her safety and prayed for her safe return. Her parents are desperately seeking any information that could lead to her whereabouts. A private donor has offered a $25,000 reward, in addition to the $5,000 being offered by Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama.
Authorities have not disclosed any specific details about what might have happened to Russell but are diligently investigating every lead they receive. They urge anyone with information to contact the appropriate authorities or Crimestoppers of Metro Alabama.