Missing Polk County girl found; reunited with family

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Rebecca Lewis and West Hogs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 4-year-old Polk County girl who went missing last week has been found in Memphis, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

The girl, Rebecca Lewis, is safe, according to the TBI. West Hogs, the 31-year-old man accused of abducting her, has been taken into custody.

Lewis’ family said they’re grateful to the nurse who recognized her.

Social media and the initial AMBER Alert contributed to finding Lewis, the Polk County Sheriff said.

 

The AMBER Alert issued for Lewis on Saturday has been discontinued. Lewis had last been seen sleeping around 9 a.m. Saturday. When she wasn’t in bed just before 10, the family panicked and started searching their Lakeland neighborhood.

But after an hour with no sight of her, the family called 9-1-1.

AMBER Alerts were issued in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Hogs, a former friend of the family, showed up at the Lewis home and was seen driving a car his mother had reported stolen. He was named in the AMBER Alert as the potential abductor.

Hogs, who legally changed his name from Matthew Pybus, was spotted with Lewis on surveillance footage Monday morning at a convenience store in Nashville, Tennessee.

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