Monday, March 3 2014 4:14 PM EST2014-03-03 21:14:15 GMT
(WMC-TV) - An AMBER Alert was issued in Mississippi for a 2-year-old girl in Madison County. Myra Lewis, 2, was last seen Saturday morning just after 11 a.m. at her home in Camden, Miss. Lewis was wearingMore >>
An AMBER Alert was issued for a 2-year-old girl in Madison County by Mississippi Highway Patrol.More >>
(WMC-TV) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced Monday it broadened its investigation into the disappearance of a 2-year-old girl. The search will now include the Memphis area. A $20,000 reward is being offered.
Myra Lewis disappeared in Madison County on March 1. Police say she went missing from her home in rural Camden, Miss. shortly after 11:00 a.m. She was wearing a turquoise sweater with a bear on the front, off-white or khaki pants, and pink glittery tennis shoes. She is described as 34 inches tall and 27 pounds.
"The FBI is now offering a $20,000 reward," said Daniel McMullen, FBI special agent in charge. "We would encourage the public to reach out to the FBI to report any information they may have, no matter how small you may think that information is."
Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker believes Myra is still in the area and says there is no reason to believe she is not alive.
"We're pretty confident that we've covered that area pretty well, but certainly, in the event that leads or evidence turns us back in that director, we'll be more than happy to go back out and do that again," said Sheriff Tucker.
"We like to think that we're getting closer," he said. "I feel like we are, but until we get her home, you know, it's tough to say."
Tucker noted that the Friday arrest of the girl's mother, Ericka Lewis, was not connected to the disappearance. The arrest was involving a probation violation.
"They can pressure Ericka, she'll never give in," said Ericka's mother, Martha Sanders. "She'll never give in because she didn't do anything. That's why she don't care if they call her phone, somebody call. She's not afraid to talk on her phone even if it's bugged. She's not afraid of that because she don't have anything to do with it."
Anyone with information concerning the disappearance of Myra Lewis, is encouraged to call the FBI at 601-948-5000, or the Madison County Sheriff's Department at 601-859-2345.