While the search for missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman has turned into a soap operatic sideshow in Portland, Ore., and authorities attempt to piece together what happened to 17-year-old Norma Lopez in Moreno Valley, Calif., investigators in Shreveport, Louisiana, are desperately trying to locate Amber White, a 12-year-old girl who went missing Sunday afternoon after walking to a public pool in Shreveport. According to the Shreveport Times, two men believed to be connected with Amber White’s disappearance were arrested Monday.
Police were notified by Amber White’s parents when she did not return home from a neighborhood pool as expected on Saturday. Authorities received a break in their search when an anonymous tipster called the Shreveport Crime Stoppers tipline and informed investigators that they had seen a girl fitting Amber’s description getting into a dark blue 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sunday afternoon. Brandon Player, 19, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His vehicle, believed to be the one White got into, was impounded.
Later Monday evening, Henry Lee, 25, was also taken into police custody. Investigators believe that Amber White was taken to Lee’s residence. Lee was charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child.
Both men were the subject of intense police questioning, but White’s whereabouts remain unknown.
The 12-year-old girl was last seen wearing a green “Soulja Boy” T-shirt; cut-off blue jean shorts; and a navy blue, white and brown crop jacket. However, according to KSLA News 12 in Shreveport, police have reason to believe she may have changed clothes while at Lee’s residence. She may have changed into a black tank top and gray and burgundy pajama bottoms, although investigators note that she still may be wearing what she had on Sunday.
Amber White is described as a white female, who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. She has brown eyes and reddish-blonde hair.
While Shreveport Police continue to interrogate the two men arrested in connection to Amber’s suspected kidnapping, authorities in Moreno Valley, Calif., continue their search for missing high school student Norma Lopez. Lopez went missing Thursday morning while walking home from a summer class. There was evidence of a struggle in a field near her home — along the path Norma walked to and from school — and police believe she was taken against her will. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a newer model green SUV that witnesses saw leaving the area around the time of the disappearance, although investigators do not know if anyone in the vehicle was actually involved in Lopez’s being missing. The occupants are wanted for questioning.
The Kyron Horman case entered its seventh week Friday with little progress. The missing 7-year-old’s mother and father continue to point fingers at Terri Moulton Horman, the boy’s stepmother. Although there has been some speculation as to a kidnapping, there is no known evidence of such. Both parents have stated publicly that they believe that Terri Moulton Horman was involved in the disappearance of her stepson and Desiree Young, the biological mother, told the “Today Show” that she believed Moulton Horman had staged an abduction of her son.
If anyone has information regarding the kidnapping and/or whereabouts of missing Amber White, they are urged to contact Shreveport Police Detective Lindsey Bonner at (318) 673-7020 or Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373. Shreveport Crime Stoppers are offering a $500 reward for leads to Amber White.