UPDATE: During a press conference regarding the missing child investigation, Sheriff Grady Judd received information that West Hogs was spotted around 2:28 a.m. Monday in Nashville.
Police say Hogs left his home last Monday from Seale, Alabama with his wife. He told her “I have a surprise for you.” They drove to Maryland where they rested at a welcome center. The next day he took her back to Georgia when police she said was tired of driving around with him. He dropped her off where she called family to come get her.
He drove to his grandmother’s house in Polk City, Fla. His grandmother had not seen him in over a year. Hogs stayed the evening and told his grandma that he had an interview. Later that weekend, the grandmother asked him if he has seen the Lewis family. Sheriff Judd said Hogs lived with the family for two years and was kicked out of the home because he pulled a gun on them.
The following Saturday morning, around 9:30 a.m., Hogs traveled to the Lewis’ family home and took Rebecca and got breakfast at McDonald’s. The victim’s 16-year-old sister last saw her sleeping at about 9:00 a.m. and about 9:45, the sister woke back up and 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis was not in bed. This was the last time Hogs was spotted until Tennessee.
Judd says around 10-11 p.m. Sunday evening, a park ranger spotted the Nissan in the Cove Lake State Park in Tennessee near the Kentucky border. The park ranger went to check on Hogs and Hogs told him, “I’m here waiting on her mother. She’s coming to pick her up.” That information was not correct. The park ranger told Hogs he needed to leave because the park was closed and let him go– not knowing Rebecca was missing. Minutes later, the ranger pulled up to a bulletin board and saw the missing child flier but it was too late– Hogs was already gone.
Sheriff Judd says the state of Tennessee chose not to do an Amber Alert when Florida law enforcement asked them to because there was no evidence Hogs and Rebecca Lewis were in Tennessee. Sheriff Judd says all the southeast states need to be aware that he kidnapped Rebecca Lewis.
Hogs is bipolar and suffers from depression. He does not have criminal history. Sheriff Judd says Hogs is familiar with the highways because of his history as a truck driver. It appears Hogs does not have an intention of harming Rebecca Lewis and law enforcement says he hopes it stays that way. Law enforcement and the FBI are currently helping with the investigation.
Heartland Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Rebecca Lewis. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call 1-800-226-TIPS or CLICK HERE — anonymity is guaranteed.