Kidnapped Florida girl rescued


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WFLA) – Memphis police said Monday that missing Florida girl Becky Lewis has been found safe.

An Amber Alert had been enacted through most of the southeast, including Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky, for the missing 4-year-old. On Monday, Becky, who officials called Rebecca, was found with West Wild Hogs, the man authorities had said she was with, according to officials. Hogs is in custody, according to the local NBC affiliate WMC-TV.

The pair had previously been seen in Nashville and in the area of Cove Lake State Park, in Campbell County, Tennessee — which is near Interstate 75 close to Tennessee/Kentucky border. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says sometime between 10 to 11 p.m. Sunday night a park ranger reported seeing a man and child matching Hogs and Becky’s description at the park.

Earlier Monday Sheriff Grady Judd pleaded with the public to help in the search for the girl. “I’m not above a bunch of good ol’ boys grabbing that 4-year-old girl,” Judd said.

Becky was last seen by family members around 9 a.m. Saturday. Her 16-year-old sister saw her sleeping in her bed at the Lazy Dazy Retreat RV/Mobile Home on Highway 98 North. The sister fell back asleep, and, when she woke up at 9:45 a.m., the little girl was gone.

Investigators said Hogs had been a longtime family friend but had not seen the family in more than two years. He was asked to leave the family’s home more than two years ago after pulling a gun on the family, Judd said. Hogs showed up on Friday to the house of Rebecca’s grandmother, Oma Mae Lewis, in Polk City.

Judd says Hogs suffers from depression and bipolar disorder.