UPDATE: Police find missing girl
SHREVEPORT - Shreveport officials confirm Amber White has been found and is safe wtih her family.
Shreveport Police Department release:
At approximately 1:37 a.m. central time this morning, the Shreveport Police Department received a tip through the Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers that Amber White was at a convenience store in the 8900 block of Mansfield Road trying to get a ride home. Patrol officers were immediately dispatched but when they arrived just moments later, Amber was nowhere to be found. Detectives had been notified and, working with our dispatchers, were able to re-contact the tipster. The caller reported to investigators that prior to notifying authorities he had called Amber’s father and she was now with her father. Detectives contacted Mr. White and he verified that he had picked Amber up there at the store on Mansfield Road and was taking her home. Investigators ordered him to stop immediately so they could contact them and Mr. White complied, pulling into another convenience store at the intersection of W. 70th Street and Buncombe Road where detectives met them. At that point our investigators verified that Amber was safe and assessed her condition to determine if she needed any type of medical aid. Amber had no visible injuries and she was subsequently taken to the Shreveport Police Complex with her father where detectives began interviews with her to determine specific details relative to the events that have occurred over the past 56 or so hours since she disappeared.
Amber has been with her family members this morning and I think I can speak for them when I say that their emotions concerning her return are almost overwhelming, as are ours. I also want to stress that while Amber is safe and back at home, our investigation at this time is still very much ongoing. As clearly delineated by Louisiana law relative to the confidentiality of crime victims who are minors, we are extremely limited in the extent of what we can tell you regarding the direction our investigation will take us from here and that is as it should be. We will not lose sight of the fact that at the heart of this case is a 12 year old little girl, who, no matter where our investigation leads us, is the true victim and we will treat her with all of the respect due a child who has been victimized.
This case has weighed heavy on our shoulders since last Sunday night and it is difficult for me to articulate our sense of relief that Amber is safe and back where she needs to be. But that didn’t magically happen and I stand here this morning in awe of the monumental effort the men and women of the Shreveport Police Department put forth as they worked to bring Amber home. Our detectives literally worked around the clock and they are still working to get all of our unanswered questions answered. Our dispatchers, patrol officers, narcotics agents, administrators, and support personnel all went above and beyond the call of duty during the search for Amber. But we could not have done this by ourselves and I would be remiss if I did not extend a heartfelt thanks to our media partners, both local and national, that helped us get the information about Amber out to the public. There is no doubt that your coverage of this case has produced tips that ultimately played a large role in bringing what could have been a catastrophic situation to a positive resolution. We would like to thank all of the citizens out there who called in those tips and helped us locate this missing little girl.
I will close on this note…….as I stated earlier, this is very much still an active, ongoing investigation and if you helped keep Amber from her parents in any way, shape, form or fashion over the past two and ½ days, we are coming after you and we are going to put you in jail. If you harmed Amber in any way, shape, form or fashion over the past two and ½ days, we are coming after you and we will put you behind bars where you belong.
We are still asking anyone who has any information regarding this case to contact Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373.
Shreveport Police detectives have worked throughout the night as they move forward in their investigation to find a missing little girl.
Twelve year old Amber White was last seen around 3:00 p.m. on July 18, 2010 near her home in the 6900 block of Buncombe Road. Her parents notified police after she had not returned home from a trip to the neighborhood pool. Amber is a white female, five feet nine inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds. She has brown eyes and reddish-blonde hair and was last seen wearing a green “Soulja Boy” t-shirt, cut off blue jean shorts, and a navy blue, white and brown crop jacket, but she may have changed clothes and could be wearing plaid pajama bottoms and a black tank top.
Detectives arrested two men yesterday as their investigation progressed and both of those suspects, 19 year old Brandon Player and 25 year old Henry Lee, were booked into the Shreveport City Jail. Last night investigators interviewed numerous potential witnesses and re-interviewed Henry Lee, gleaning some new information. Detectives are in contact with Amber’s parents and are following up on every possible lead as they move forward in their investigation to find Amber and bring her back home.
Chief of Police Willie Shaw commented, “Our investigators have been working this case without rest since Amber went missing and we will continue to do so until she is safe at home again and those persons responsible are behind bars where they belong. We will use every resource available to us to resolve this case.”
Anyone who has any information regarding Amber White or her whereabouts is urged to call Shreveport Police Detective Lindsey Bonner at 318-673-7020 or Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373. Shreveport-Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for any information that leads officers to Amber White.