Amber White, the 12-year-old girl that went missing after going to a neighborhood pool, was found safe and unharmed early Wednesday morning, according to KTBS.com. Police have two men in custody, both arrested in connection with her disappearance on Saturday afternoon. But it took a tip for authorities to track Amber White down and bring her back to police headquarters.
Shreveport Police said that they received a call on the Crime Stoppers tipline at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, telling them that Amber White could be found at a local business. When they arrived, however, she was no longer there. Calling the tipster back, the teipster told police that they had also called White’s parents. When police contacted Amber White’s father, he told them he had picked her up and was taking her home. Police talked him into meeting them and they brought the girl into police headquarters.
Shreveport Police Chief Will Shaw said at a news conference that Amber White appeared unharmed and had no visible injuries. However, she was taken to a local hospital for further observation.
The 12-year-old girl disappeared Saturday afternoon. When she didn’t return home, her parents notified authorities and police began an extensive search of the area. Police received a tip that a young girl fitting the description of the missing girl was seen getting into a blue Oldsmobile Cutlass around 3 p.m. on Sunday. By Monday afternoon, 19-year-old Brandon Player had been picked up and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. By Monday evening, police had impounded the blue car and arrested 25-year-old Henry E. Lee. Although Amber White was nowhere to be found, Lee was charged with aggravated kidnapping. An amended charge of aggravated rape, a charge levied against someone having sex with someone younger than 13, was added when White was found.
Shreveport Police Chief Will Shaw stated at the news conference: “If you helped keep Amber away from her parents in any way, shape, form or any fashion over the past two and a half days, we’re coming after you. We will not lose sight of the fact that at the heart of this case is a 12-year-old little girl who, no matter where our investigation leads us, is the true victim.”
Amber White’s parents told KSLA News 12 soon after being found that their daughter had been “hurt” and that she had been “held against her will.” However, charges of unlawful detention or related charges have yet to be filed.
It is unclear whether or not Amber White was being held against her will, but police believe that Amber White was taken to more than one location during the days she was missing. They expect to make at least one more arrest in the case.