An arrest warrent has been filed for a registered sex offender who has allegedly run off with a 12-year-old girl.
An arrest warrant has been filed for a Carteret County man and registered sex offender who has allegedly run off with a 12-year-old girl.
As the search for Abigale Lefevers continued into a second day, authorities fielded calls from people responding to an Amber alert issued for the missing girl and filed a criminal charge against her alleged abductor.
Timothy Howard Newman, 38, is charged with child abduction.
“We believe with very much certainty that she is with him,” said Chief Deputy Ken Raper with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.
Raper said Newman had been in contact with Abigale several times prior to her disappearance but did not say how they had communicated.
The two have not been seen since Sunday night.
Authorities said Abigale was last seen by her father at their home in the Bogue community off N.C. 24 about 10 p.m. Sunday but was gone when he awoke Monday at 6:25 a.m. Newman, who also lives in the Bogue area, was last seen Sunday night by his roommate but was gone from his residence Monday morning and did not report to work.
The sheriff’s office issued a news release Monday afternoon seeking information about Abigail’s disappearance and an Amber alert was issued Monday by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Raper said the sheriff’s office has received a number of calls reporting possible sightings of the car that Newman is believed to be traveling in with Abigale.
The car is a red, two-door Chrysler Sebring with black convertible top. The license tag is AKT6534.
According to the Amber alert, the car’s last known location was at approximately 1:42 a.m. Monday on U.S. 17 southbound near the South Carolina border.
Raper said they are tracking down tips about the vehicle but don’t yet have confirmation on its location.
“There have been a lot of possible sightings of this car but nothing definite like a tag number,” Raper said.
He said the sheriff’s office has the State Bureau of Investigation and a representative with the Center for Missing and Exploited Children on hand helping with the search.
“Everybody is working hard to find Abigale and bring her home safe,” he said.
With email, text messages, social media and so many different ways of communicating, Raper reminds parents to always be mindful of whom their children are “talking” to.
“It is important for parents to know who their kids are in contact with and what they are saying back and forth, whatever arena of communication it is,” he said.
Anyone with information should call the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at 504-4800.