UPDATE: Missing teenager found safe in Florida
SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (KATV) - U.S. Marshals found 13-year-old Kimberly Nussey and her uncle in Milton, Fla., around 10:30 Wednesday night.
Kimberly and Philip Nussey were in an apartment at the time. Kimberly was unharmed.
Officers arrested Phillip Nussey. He is expected to be extradicted back to Camden after he is arraigned in Florida, according to Sgt. Vincent Mills with the Ouachita County Sheriff's Office. Once back in Arkansas, Phillip Nussey is expected to be charged with interference with custody, which Mills said is a Class C Felony. Additional charges may be added after the investigation is complete.
Ouachita County deputies left for Florida Thursday morning to pick-up the teenager and bring her back to her family.
A Level 2 Amber Alert was issued Tuesday night for Kimberly Nussey after she first disappeared Monday.
The Ouachita County Sheriff's Office tells Channel 7 News it has strong reason to believe Kimberly Nussey has fled the state with her uncle Phillip Nussey.
Ouachita County SO Sergeant Vincent Mills, the lead detective in the case, said Wednesday night that felony arrest warrants have been issued for Phillip Nussey, and it's believe the two are headed east.
Nussey recently relocated back to Arkansas from Florida.
Family members and authorities in Ouachita County have actively looked for the 13-year-old Camden girl for the past 48 hours.
A Level Two Amber Alert was issued Tuesday night Kimberly Nussey, but she has still not been seen.
The Camden Fairview student's family told us it's almost certain she is willingly with her uncle. While the two have a good relationship the rest of the family doesn't believe she's completely safe with him, and they just want to hear from her and know she's alive.
"It's scary because it's been so long, and I don't know what's going on. Like I said I'm in the dark so that's the scary part," said Christina Nussey, the teen's mother.
Nussey continued holding her cell phone tight Wednesday hoping for a positive call from police or her daughter.
Other family members have gone door-to-door in their neighborhood and searched wooded areas.
It's believed the two are traveling in a white Crown Victoria. Local investigators tell us Arkansas State Police along with the FBI, and U.S. Marshals are also assisting in the search.
Kimberly's grandmother sends this message to her son, Phillip, if they see news reports.
"She needs to come home where it's safe, and we know you're not going to hurt her. We know you love her, but just please bring her home. She needs to be with her family."
If you think you've seen this girl you're urged to contact police the Ouachita County Sheriff's Office at (870) 231-5300.