Missing 4-year-old SC girl rescued by police, suspect arrested


- The FBI and local authorities are desperately searching for a missing 4-year-old girl out of Charleston, South Carolina.

The FBI is offering a $10,000, and Charleston Police say an additional $10,000 reward has been donated by an private citizen who wants to remain anonymous for information leading to the recovery of Heidi Todd.

"Investigators are trying to determine how long she has been missing", according to a statement by police spokesman Charles Francis.

Heidi was last seen wearing pink trousers and blue shirt, police said.

Hours later, her kidnapper, 37-year-old Thomas Lawton Evans, was caught in Mississippi.

The Charleston Police Department said Todd's mother was found badly beaten and was rushed to an area hospital after the school attended by two of her other children called the authorities reporting she did not come to the school to pick them up. She was officially entered as a missing person around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

AL.com reported that the police chief was checking on a vehicle in a business parking lot around 4 p.m. when he saw the girl.

The Charleston Police have also established a 24-hour tip line to gather information on sightings of Heidi since her disappearance as well as the person of interest. He immediately returned to Charleston upon learning of the situation.

Two other children were found in the home unharmed, the mayor said.

Taylor said the mother described her attacker as possibly Hispanic, skinny, 25 to 30 years old with short hair and dressed in all gray.

SC police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation described the suspect as an "unwanted visitor".

"The facial tattoos depicted are an approximation of their actual appearance", a release from the Charleston Police Department states.

Part of Wednesday morning's search was focused on the lake in front of the home.

The Fire Department and Coast Guard also are reportedly involved.

Tecklenburg said everything was being done to find out what happened to the child.

Police say an Amber Alert has not ben issued yet because they don't have a good vehicle or suspect description.

But emergency officials said alerts sent out to residents about Todd's disappearance.