After a 4-year-old Lowcountry girl was reported missing from her Johns Island home on Tuesday, police released a composite sketch of a person of interest Wednesday afternoon.
Heidi Renae Todd was reported missing in the area of 2985 Sweetleaf Lane at 5:50 p.m., and the search for her continued on Wednesday, according to the Charleston Police Department. The girl’s mother was found beaten at the home and two other children were inside the home, unharmed.
The girl was found late Wednesday afternoon in Alabama and was safely in the custody of the FBI there Wednesday night.
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Around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, police distributed a photo of a “person of interest” in the case. The man is believed to a 5-foot-10 to 6-foot tall Hispanic male in his 30s with a stocky build. He has black hair and brown eyes. He also appears to have two distinctive facial tattoos, the image shows; a lightning bolt and flames.
“He is not a suspect at this point but he may have information about this incident,” Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We’re asking if anyone knows or sees this individual to also call our 24-hour hotline because he is a person of interest that we’d like to speak with.”
He was seen in the neighborhood days before Heidi went missing and police want to speak with him.
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the child’s recovery. A private, anonymous citizen donated an additional $10,000 to the reward, according to the police department around 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Anyone with information can call the 24 hour tip line at 843-619-6123, Consolidated Dispatch at 843-743-7200 for the on duty CPD Central detective or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.