abigale.jpegAn Amber Alert has been issued by the state of North Carolina for 12 year old Abigale Faith Lefevers from Carteret County. Authorities are now thinking the girl, who is feared to be with a known sex offender, may be in South Carolina now.

The police say that Abigale is with Timothy Howard Newman, who is 38 years old and is a registered sex offender. Her father, Robert told the police that Newman had done odd jobs for him around the house but once he got word about Newman being a sex offender he told the man to stay away but Newman stayed in touch with his daughter anyway.

tn-sex-offender.jpg“All I can tell you for certain is he contacted her numerous times over the past several weeks. We’re looking into that,” said Carteret County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Raper.

Robert Lefevers claims the last time he saw his daughter was around 10 p.m. Sunday night at their home in Newport. He said when he woke the next morning his daughter was gone.

The police believe the two may be traveling in  Newman’s car, a red 1998 Chrysler Sebring with license plate #AKT-6534 which was last seen in Brunswick County on US 17 near the state line.

Investigators learned that Newman’s father was a captain of large boats and the authorities think that he might be hanging out around marinas in Myrtle Beach, S.C. or somewhere else on the coast. They believe that Newman may be traveling on the back roads in stead of on the main highways to avoid being spotted.

Abigale has been described as a white female that is about 5’4” tall and she weighs about 90 lbs. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black Mike shoes and she apparently has a pink backpack with peace signs on it.

Newman is described as being a white man that stands about 5’8” tall and he weighs about 210 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

I pray that this girl is found soon and returned to her home safely. The authorities are asking anyone that knows anything about where this 12 year old girl is to please call them at the Carteret County Sheriff’s office at 252-504-4800.

Jan Barrett

UPDATE:  The 12-year-old was found safe Wednesday night in Broward County, Florida and her alleged abductor, Timothy Howard Newman has been arrested. Her father says there is no confirmation that the girl was physically abused during her three days with Newman. Lefevers says he’s been told Abigale will be turned over to North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents who will fly her back to the state.

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