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Woman who went missing after stopping to help a toddler on the highway has been found alive

By Brooke Villanueva Published Jul 16, 2023 1:55 pm

An Alabama woman who was reported missing after helping a child on the side of an interstate has been found alive and safe.

According to a report by The New York Times, police chief Nicholas Derzis said that the 25-year-old woman named Carlee Russell “showed up at her family’s front door, knocked, and was greeted by her stunned relatives” on Sunday, July 16 (Philippine time).

The Hoover Police Department in a Facebook post said that Russell called 911 on July 14 (Philippine time) to report that she saw a child walking on the side of the interstate. After the call, she “stopped to check on the child and called a family member to report the same details. The family member lost contact with her, but the line remained open,” they recounted.

Her car, along with her things, was found near the area when authorities arrived. However, she and the toddler were no longer at the scene.

Derzis noted that Russell was alone when she got home two days later. She is now at a hospital for evaluation.

The New York Times also said that the police have “not received any calls of someone missing a child” so far.