4-year-old girl goes missing in home invasion


Mayor John Tecklenburg held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to provide an update on the disappearance of Heidi Renae Todd, who was reported missing from her Johns Island home late Tuesday afternoon.

Heidi Renae Todd was found in Riverside, Alabama and is in police custody, Riverside Mayor Rusty Jessup confirmed to Count on 2.

Around 9:45pm, law enforcement officials in MS said they took Thomas Lawton Evan into custody in reference to the kidnapping. Evans handed him the girl after Oliver said they needed to go to the station and talk, and then sped away, the chief said.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Todd disappeared Tuesday after an intruder entered her Charleston home. A friend reportedly went to the house and found her injured. The authorities were not able to issue an Amber Alert because there was a lack of information on a possible suspect connected to the incident. Authorities released a picture of a person of interest in the case and are offering a $20,000 reward.

Tecklenburg said the mother is in fair condition after having surgery Wednesday afternoon.

The mayor said he had visited with the Todds at the hospital, and he described them as a wonderful family.

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Todd's father is a member of the Coast Guard and was out of town on training at the time, Tecklenburg said.

The search was expected to resume at daylight, according to the police department. Police say they were alerted to the problem when the school said the mom didn't come to pick up the kids, and administrators called law enforcement.

Two of the woman's other children were at home at the time.

Heidi was last seen wearing pink trousers and a blue shirt. "We don't know if Heidi might have been taken away in a vehicle or not".

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Department of Natural Resources were assisting Charleston Police and Fire officials with the search, and divers were seen searching a lake near the child's home, CBS affiliate WCSC reported.