Carlethia Nichole “Carlee” Russell, who disappeared after stopping to assist a child on the highway and later returned mysteriously after two days, has had her boyfriend, Thomar Latrell Simmons, claim that she was kidnapped.
Simmons expressed on Facebook that she had been “fighting for her life for 48 hours” during her absence. He mentioned that Carlee is currently not in a physically or mentally stable state to share details about her ordeal or the alleged kidnapper. In a post on Sunday, he expressed gratitude to Jesus Christ for saving her life.
“I don’t even know how to start off this post but to only say thank you to my lord & savior Jesus Christ for saving my girlfriend’s life!” he said on Sunday.
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In addition, the boyfriend expressed his gratitude to everyone who shared Carlee’s picture, participated in search parties at the Hoover Met, and spread awareness about her story.
He acknowledged that he had been tirelessly working since he received the news of her disappearance on Thursday night, emphasizing that he would not give up until he was reunited with her.
He requested that people be respectful of the situation and allow Carlee time to regain her stability before sharing further details.
“All I asked from everyone right now is to be respectful of Carlee’s situation. She was literally fighting for her life for 48 hours, so until she’s physically & mentally stable again she is not able to give any updates or whereabouts on her kidnapper at this very moment,” he said.
Carlee’s enigmatic disappearance triggered a statewide search that garnered national attention. Law enforcement authorities meticulously scoured the area, employing drones to conduct aerial searches.
According to Hoover police, Carlee contacted 911 regarding a toddler before their arrival. Upon reaching the scene, they discovered her vehicle, belongings intact, but neither Carlee nor the child were present.
In addition to contacting 911, Carlee had also reached out to a family member, who lost contact with her while the phone line remained open—an incident noted by the police.
According to a witness, there was a possible sighting of a grey vehicle and a male individual standing outside Carlee’s car during the incident, as reported by the Hoover police.
Carlee’s family has stated their belief that the toddler was used as “bait” to entice her out of the vehicle and subsequently abduct her.
Video shows the moment Carlee Russell’s car pulled over and she disappeared in Hoover, Alabama.