Police say they can’t verify Carlee Russell’s abduction claim.
Carlee Russell’s account of being kidnapped cannot be verified, according to U.S. police.
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DONE BY ALIZA CHASAN
JULY 19, 2023, 10:39 PM, CBS NEWS, LAST UPDATED
Officials in Alabama reported Wednesday that Carlethia “Carlee” Nichole Russell, a 25-year-old nursing student who was gone for two days. Claimed police she had been abducted, but investigators have not discovered any proof of a crime.
According to Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis, investigators have not been able to confirm the majority of Russell’s claims that he was apprehended.Prior to going missing, Russell, according to police, conducted a number of “very strange” online searches, including whether Amber Alerts are free and how to steal money from a cash register covertly. Russell also looked up the movie “Taken,” which is about a woman who is kidnapped and the subsequent mission to rescue her from her kidnappers.
Additionally, searches for the Birmingham bus terminal and Nashville to Birmingham bus tickets were conducted.
After dialing 911 to report seeing a toddler on an Alabama freeway, Russell disappeared Thursday night. Two days later, Russell went back home, and the episode made national headlines. When she got back home, she provided a brief statement to the police, but out of respect for Russell and her family, they didn’t press for more information.
We requested a second interview with Carlee, but we were denied, according to Derzis. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, and only Carlee can give them. The Hoover Police Department reported that no proof of a youngster on the road has been discovered by investigators. Despite the fact that numerous vehicles passed by the area on Thursday night, the agency never got any additional 911 calls regarding a toddler on Interstate 459.
Russell drove her car about 600 yards—roughly six football fields—while she spoke on the phone with a dispatcher about the youngster, according to Derzis. She informed the operator that a young child was on the road wearing only a white blouse and a diaper. As far as she could tell, according to Russell, he was not wearing shoes.
“It’s very difficult for me to understand how a toddler, who could be 3 or 4 years old, could travel six football fields barefoot without getting in the road or sobbing,” Derzis added.
On Wednesday, police released audio from Russell’s 911 call, in which she claimed to be following the child in her car.Russell stated in the conversation that she would watch the boy until the police showed up.
After hanging up with the dispatcher, she dialed a family member. The family member “lost contact with” Russell during the conversation, “but the line remained open,” Hoover Police Lt. Daniel Lowe said during a press conference on Friday.
Russell’s mother then dialed 911 and said that while Russell and a family member were on the phone, the family member overheard Russell screaming.
Within five minutes of being dispatched, Hoover police men showed up on the scene, according to the police. Although Russell had vanished, police discovered her car, cellphone, wig, and pocketbook. The bag contained her Apple Watch.
Police were able to speak with Russell when she got home on Saturday night, but they haven’t had a chance to speak with her again since.
Russell informed police that a guy came out of the bushes and murmured that he was checking on the youngster, according to Derzis. She informed investigators that a guy then lifted her up and forced her over a fence and into a car.
Russell claimed the next thing she recalls is being in a tractor trailer with the man, who she described as having orange hair, and a lady. She also claimed to have heard a baby scream.
Russell said police she escaped but was apprehended and placed in a car while blindfolded. She stated that she was not restrained and that her claimed captors stated that they did not want to leave imprints on her wrists.
Russell claimed she was then brought to a residence and undressed. She claims that photographs of her were taken. She claimed that the woman served her cheese crackers and toyed with her hair the next day.
Russell stated that she was eventually loaded back into a car. She believes she was able to flee while it was in the West Hoover neighborhood and raced home via the woods. She had a little cut on her mouth and a tear in her top when police arrived. Her right sock contained more than $100 in cash.
Derzis stated that he believes Russell’s parents believe what Russell has told them and that he spoke with them before to Wednesday’s press conference to inform them of what he would be sharing with the public.
Derzis responded negative when asked if he’d say anything if a crime had been committed.
“I wouldn’t say I’m frustrated,” remarked Derzis. “I’m very happy Carlee’s home, and that’s the main ingredient here.”
He stated that there is no reason to assume the community is at danger.
Throughout the investigation, investigators sought to create a timeline of events leading up to Russell’s disappearance.
“We pretty much know what happened between the time she left work and the 911 call,” Derzis added.
Officials claimed she left her job at a company in Birmingham, approximately 10 miles from Hoover, around 8:20 p.m. local time on Thursday. Surveillance video shows her leaving her employment with a bathrobe, a roll of toilet paper, and other goods that police claim she kept “concealed.”
Russell then placed an order for meals from a local restaurant at The Colonnade shopping center and picked it up. She pulled over to a Target on Highway 280 and bought some granola bars and Cheez-Its. She was still in the parking lot at 9:21 p.m.
She contacted 911 at 9:34 p.m. to report a child on the roadway, stating she’d stopped to check on the youngster, according to authorities. Russell then contacted a relative when the call ended abruptly.
Police have analyzed traffic camera footage from the time of the suspected kidnapping.
“We don’t see anyone else on the interstate except her car and then someone getting out of her driver side,” Derzis explained.
Police transmitted the video to the FBI and requested for assistance in improving it.
The snacks and stuff Russell had taken with her when she left work were not in her car when police arrived. They were likewise nowhere to be located in the region.
“This investigation is not over,” Derzis declared. “We’re still working this case, and we’ll keep working it until we find every piece of evidence that helps us account for Carlee Russell’s missing 49 hours.”