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    Police search for missing toddler in Camden


    Myra Lewis, 2, missing from home on Mount Pilgrim Road



    CAMDEN, Miss. —Deputies are searching for a missing 2-year-old girl who was last seen in Madison County.
    Authorities said Myra Lewis, 2, was last seen at her house on Mount Pilgrim Road in Camden on Saturday.

    Investigators said Myra's mother left to go to a grocery store, and she told Myra and her sisters to go inside and wash their hands. The mother said she saw the children go in the door to the house.

    Officials said Myra's father was inside taking care of a newborn baby.

    That was the last time Myra was seen.

    Anyone with information about Myra's whereabouts is asked to call the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 601-859-2345.

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    Amber Alert Expected for Myra Lewis, 2, of Madison Co.



    MADISON COUNTY - CAMDEN - An Amber Alert is expected for the alleged abduction of a missing two-year-old girl, a spokesperson for the Madison County Sheriff's Department said Sunday.

    Myra Lewis was last seen Saturday morning just after 11:00 at her family's home in Camden wearing a turquoise shirt, white pants and pink tennis shoes.

    Search crews focused on the area of Mount Pilgrim Road on Saturday and covered four square miles and found nothing. Authorities tell WJTV News Channel 12 that the search is now expanding.

    The Madison County Sheriff's Department is asking people share this information in hopes to finding someone who know where Lewis may be.

    http://www.wjtv.com/story/24862543/m...on-county-girl

    http://goo.gl/maps/I1KwG

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    Sheriff: Search continues for missing girl
    Parents believe Myra Lewis was abducted

    ADISON COUNTY, Miss. —Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said the search continues for 2-year-old Myra Lewis, who has been missing since Saturday.

    "The Sheriff's Department and multiple agencies, including the FBI and Mississippi Highway Patrol… you name it, they've all been here for us. We've conducted a grid search of the area, approximately 4 square miles around that residence," Tucker said. "We have not given up. Our air support, Metro One, has combed the area. We've had our K-9s search the area, as well as upwards of 300 personnel on the ground searching every square inch."

    Tucker said investigators are continuing to follow leads and won't give up.

    "It's a difficult time. The family has been extremely supportive of law enforcement and first responders," Tucker said. "They've gone out of their way to assist us in our efforts."

    Tucker said anyone with information that may help find Myra should call police.

    "No matter how insignificant you think it may be, we need those kinds of tips," Tucker said.

    An Amber Alert issued Sunday by the Mississippi Highway Patrol is no longer in effect, but if new information is gathered, a new alert will be issued, authorities said.

    "The FBI has brought in a number of resources, investigative personnel, scientific personnel and so forth, to help solve this," said FBI Special Agent Dan McMullen. "We're working together to find where little Myra is."

    Myra was last seen about 11 a.m. Saturday at her house on Mount Pilgrim Road in Camden, authorities said. The girl's mother told Myra and her sisters to go inside the house and then left for the grocery store, police said. Myra's father was inside the house taking care of a newborn baby, authorities said.

    Myra's father, Gregory Lewis, said he noticed she was missing about noon, but the other children told him the toddler was with her mother. He realized Myra was gone when his wife came home about 3 p.m.

    Lewis said the family searched the house up and down and then he drove his 4-wheeler around the neighborhood looking for her. The family called police about 4 p.m.

    Lewis said the family's dogs, and the dogs used by police, picked up Myra's scent, which ended at the road.


    Family members said Monday that they believe Myra was abducted and they pleaded for her safe return.

    "Just bring her back home," Gregory Lewis said during a news conference Monday.

    Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said the search for Myra continues. The FBI has now joined the search.

    "Until we can prove or disprove one or the other, we've still got to consider every possibility. She may have wandered off or been abducted, we just don't know what (happened) at this point," Tucker said.

    Myra was last seen wearing a turquoise sweater with a bear on the front, off-white or khaki pants and pink shoes. Lewis is described as 34 inches tall, weighing 27 pounds.

    "We pray that they will have the compassion and love to release her, whether they take her to the Police Department or to Walmart, wherever they need to take her to so she can be home," said family member Metsadah Alexander.

    A prayer vigil is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Canton's City Hall.

    Anyone with information about Myra's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS.

    http://www.wapt.com/news/central-mis...6#mid=18039216

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    Specialized search team no longer in Camden searching for missing toddler

    A specialized search team is no longer searching the area for missing toddler Myra Lewis on the grounds surrounding her home in Camden.

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks confirmed this morning that their Special Response Team, which combed the area around Myra’s home and some property not far from it, are not on the scene this morning despite reports that they would be.

    So far there is no clear reason as to why.

    Madison County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall said there is no update so far today in the case of the missing two-year-old, and says there may still be other searchers on the scene.

    Officials have stated that they’re looking at every angle on the case, and they’ve had search dogs all over the property, as well as performing at least two grid searches around the home.

    Sheriff Randy Tucker said officials are comfortable with the family’s story that Myra went missing between 10:30 and 11 a.m. on Saturday but won’t discuss why police weren’t called until 4 p.m., or what happened between the time Myra’s mother saw her outside the home on Mount Pilgrim Road and when the family realized she was gone.

    While saying they don’t have a specific reason to think Myra has been abducted, Tucker has implied the toddler could be alive somewhere in spite of the fact that temperatures overnight have dropped into the 20s at one point and hovered in the 30s and low 40s during Monday and Tuesday.

    “We fully expect a positive outcome,” Tucker said. “We need to get Myra home, and again we want to stress to everyone we need your help, the family needs your help and we appreciate your calls.”

    So far, no more is known about where Myra could have gone, Tucker said, but officials are looking at some new angles. He said reports that the investigation is classified as a kidnapping did not come from anyone authorized to speak for his office.

    “We’re treating it just as it was reported — she is missing — and that’s how we’re going to pursue it,” he said. “I’ve not specifically received a call that she was taken away from the house.”

    FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said his agency is assisting the Madison County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation. McMullen said the FBI also has brought in several resources, including scientific and investigative personnel.

    “Whether we call it abduction, missing, what have you, we want to know where she is, and we don’t know that right now, so all the resources of the county, state resources and federal resources are being brought together to do this,” he said.

    Officials are asking anyone who may have information to please contact the sheriff’s department, the FBI, or their local law enforcement agency with any detail, no matter how small.

    Myra’s family told reporters they believed she was abducted and said their family dogs had picked up her scent at one point. They said they had searched for her themselves before calling authorities.

    There is also an ATV on the property surrounded in crime scene tape, but officials won’t elaborate on why that might be.

    On Tuesday, members of the FBI’s Special Response Team carried brown paper bags of evidence from the family’s home.

    “At far as what was in the bags, obviously we’ll start where the child was last seen and we have evidence response folks who are going to that location and recovering evidence and all of this is a collective effort to discover where little Myra is,” McMullen said. “I’m not going to talk about anything specific with regard to the investigation.”

    Tucker thanked the family for cooperating with the investigation.

    “We continue to follow leads, and we will not give up. It’s been a difficult time, but the family has been extremely supportive of law enforcement and first responders,” he said. “They love her, they miss her and they need to get her home.”

    It was widely reported the Amber Alert for Myra had expired, something DPS Spokesman Warren Strain said is routine. He said an Amber Alert is only set up to last five hours unless new information surfaces in a case.

    “If we get new information, credible new information, the process starts all over again, but if there’s no new information, it will expire after that five-hour period,” Strain said. “The reason is to get the information out as quickly as we can to as many outlets as we can, and typically the media will pick up the story and work it as a news story so the information and the photo are still out there.”

    Since Myra went missing, she has been in the forefront of local media, and her disappearance has even been reported nationally.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article...r-resume-today

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    I think they should listen to Myra's siblings? They said she left with her mother, who went to get some groceries (for 4 hours). Oh well, guess it's just me
    I hope she will be found safe!

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    Strategy shifts in search for missing Camden girl

    CAMDEN — Motorists driving down Mount Pilgrim Road in Camden on Thursday were stopped, and residents of the neighborhood received knocks on the door from law enforcement officers from a number of different agencies.

    Authorities are asking residents and passers-by about missing toddler Myra Lewis, hoping someone knows something that might help locate the girl. A command center has been set up in a church parking lot down the road from the Lewis home, where officers can check in throughout the day.

    A specialized search team from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks did not return to the grounds surrounding her home on Thursday, but officials said a limited search team from other agencies did continue to scour the area.

    So far, there is no clear reason as to why the search strategy has shifted from what seemed to be a ground search, but officials say the probe may have taken a new turn.

    Authorities say the family has been cooperative in the investigation. Ericka and Gregory Lewis have publicly begged for Myra to come home. Gregory Lewis has publicly recounted searching for the child until his ATV stalled, and tracking her with the family dogs.

    Neighbors wondered whether Myra might be with her biological father.

    But officials would not address whether Lewis is Myra’s biological father or, if not, where her biological father is.

    “I would have to tell you it’s an ongoing investigation, and we can’t comment on that,” Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall said.

    There’s a lot of chatter going around, officials said. People all over the state seem eager to help find Myra. On Thursday alone, there were rumors she had been found in Flowood, in Pearl, on the Coast, in Yazoo City and nearby her house.

    Sheriff Randy Tucker said officials are comfortable with the family’s story that Myra went missing between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday, but he won’t discuss why police weren’t called until 4 p.m. or what happened between the time Myra’s mother saw her outside the Lewis’ home and when the family realized she was gone.

    The family told reporters they had searched for her themselves before calling authorities.

    Authorities are also vague on the nature of the investigation. Media reports have called it a kidnapping investigation, but so far it has remained a missing person’s case.

    Myra’s family told reporters they believed she was abducted and said their family dogs had picked up her scent at one point.

    Tucker has implied the toddler could be alive somewhere.

    “We fully expect a positive outcome,” he said. “We need to get Myra home, and again we want to stress to everyone we need your help, the family needs your help and we appreciate your calls.”

    FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said the feds have brought in several resources, including scientific and investigative personnel.

    Officials are asking anyone who may have information to contact the sheriff’s department, the FBI or their local law enforcement agency with any details, no matter how small.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article...ng-Camden-girl

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    State search teams, heavy equipment on the hunt for missing toddler

    Specialized search teams are back at it, scouring the woods in Camden for any sign of missing 2-year-old Myra Lewis.

    Television stations are reporting additional K9 units on the ground, and overhead photos from WLBT’s news copter show what appears to be heavy machinery digging on the property.

    Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall said the heavy machinery carries “no implication” as to whether officials believe the toddler could be buried ont he property.

    “They’re just tools of the investigation,” he said.

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol Special Operations Group and the Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Special Response Team, both of which had not gone out on Wednesday after searching Tuesday, rejoined the search today.

    Hall said there’s no new information in the case.

    “The investigation has taken different turns throughout this process. This is just another element of the investigation,” he said.

    The Mt. Pilgrim Road area is closed off to everyone except searchers and residents. Photos from WLBT’s chopper show at least several dozen vehicles -- considerably more than have been there since early in the search for Myra -- lining the road near the Lewis home.

    It’s unclear what factors have predicated the searchers’ movements, and authorities are tight-lipped about it. Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker has remained firm that the case is simply a missing persons case until evidence is found that would point to it being something more.

    Myra disappeared on Saturday, when her mother said she saw her in the yard as she left to go to the store and told her and another child to go inside, where their father was watching a newborn.

    That’s the last time anyone saw the child, according to reports.

    Authorities say the family has been cooperative in the investigation. Ericka and Gregory Lewis have publicly begged for Myra to come home. Gregory Lewis has publicly recounted searching for the child until his ATV stalled, and tracking her with the family dogs.

    Neighbors wondered whether Myra might be with her biological father.

    But officials would not address whether Lewis is Myra’s biological father or, if not, where her biological father is.

    “I would have to tell you it’s an ongoing investigation, and we can’t comment on that,” Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall said.

    Officials are asking anyone who may have information to contact the sheriff’s department, the FBI or their local law enforcement agency with any details, no matter how small.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article...EWS/303070046/

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    Mother of missing Madison Co. girl arrested on unrelated charges

    The mother of a missing Madison County toddler was arrested Friday night on unrelated charges.

    Madison County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall confirmed Saturday that Ericka Lewis, 35, whose 2-year-old daughter Myra Lewis has been missing from their home one week today, was arrested Friday on charges of being a felon carrying a concealed weapon.

    According to computerized jail records, bond has not yet been set. It is unclear what of what previous felony she was convicted.

    Jail records also show Gregory Lewis, Ericka Lewis’ husband, has an arrest record dating back to 1995. Among those charges are grand larceny and misdemeanor domestic violence in 2005 and 2006.

    On Friday, officials closed off the road leading to the Lewis home as they searched the ground with additional K9s and heavy digging machinery.

    Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall said the heavy machinery carries “no implication” as to whether officials believe the toddler could be buried on the property.

    “They’re just tools of the investigation,” he said.

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol Special Operations Group and the Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Special Response Team rejoined the search Friday as well.

    Hall said there’s no new information in the case.

    Photos from WLBT’s chopper Friday showed at least several dozen vehicles -- considerably more than have been there since early in the search for Myra -- lining the road near the Lewis home.

    It’s unclear what factors have predicated the searchers’ movements, and authorities are tight-lipped about it. Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker has remained firm that the case is simply a missing persons case until evidence is found that would point to it being something more.

    Myra disappeared on Saturday, when her mother said she saw her in the yard as she left to go to the store and told her and another child to go inside, where their father was watching a newborn.

    That’s allegedly the last time anyone saw the child.

    Authorities say the family has been cooperative in the investigation. Ericka and Gregory Lewis have publicly begged for Myra to come home. Gregory Lewis has publicly recounted searching for the child until his ATV stalled, and tracking her with the family dogs.

    Neighbors wondered whether Myra might be with her biological father.

    But officials would not address whether Lewis is Myra’s biological father or, if not, where her biological father is.

    “I would have to tell you it’s an ongoing investigation, and we can’t comment on that,” Hall said.

    Officials are asking anyone who may have information to contact the sheriff’s department, the FBI or their local law enforcement agency with any details, no matter how small.

    http://www.clarionledger.com/article...lated-charges-

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    "Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall said the heavy machinery carries “no implication” as to whether officials believe the toddler could be buried on the property.

    “They’re just tools of the investigation,” he said."

    If they thought the girl could be alive, there would be no digging. Myra was last seen between 10.30 and 11.00 when the mother saw the children go into their house, while she went to get some groceries. She returned at 15.00, that is 4!! hours for getting some groceries, and then they searched for an hour before calling the police, also stating their dog did smell her scent on a road near home. Yeah sure, her siblings said she went with her mother. Children don't lie. Something sounds very wrong here Poor Myra

    "Myra disappeared on Saturday, when her mother said she saw her in the yard as she left to go to the store and told her and another child to go inside, where their father was watching a newborn."
    the story is changing already, first she saw the children enter the house, now she saw her in the yard and told her and another child to go inside. No good feelings about this case, and I feel so sorry for Myra.

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    MADISON COUNTY - CAMDEN -
    Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker just finished briefing the media on the search for two-year-old Myra Lewis. She has been missing since last Saturday, March 1.

    Sheriff Tucker says Lewis is still missing, and he believes she is in the immediate area. When asked if he believes Myra is alive, Sheriff Tucker says he is hoping for the best.

    Investigators are following any and all leads.

    Friday, we watched as a tow truck carried away an SUV from the Lewis' home. Sheriff Tucker says there was talk Myra may have been run over, and they processed the SUV to search for evidence of that. He says they found nothing.

    We also learned more about the arrest of Myra's mother, Ericka Lewis. Sheriff Tucker says Ericka was on probation for welfare fraud. Investigators found guns in the home, and Ericka was arrested on a probation violation for being a felon carrying a concealed weapon. She was still in jail Sunday afternoon.

    We are piecing together all the information from the sheriff. We also talked with relatives of Myra Lewis and will have an update on News Channel 12 at 5:30.

    http://www.wjtv.com/story/24926095/s...for-myra-lewis

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