Jessi Lowrey, 7, and an 8-year-old boy were abducted Friday night in Walnut Springs, Texas, by a family member identified as Randall Thurman, according to the Bosque County Sheriff’s Office.
Thurman, a 34-year-old registered sex offender with Houston ties, took off and ended up in Hill County, south of Dallas-Fort Worth, where the 8-year-old boy could get away and run into a grocery store, the sheriff’s office said.
The boy had been tied with clear packing tape around his neck and arms and told deputies that Thurman took him out of the car before driving off with Jessi inside.
Thurman’s car was later discovered parked in a group of trees by a Hill County resident who recognized the vehicle from the state Amber Alert and called authorities.
Deputies found the vehicle and tried to contact Thurman before he hurried away and led them on a chase into Johnson County.
Just as Thurman crossed the county border, Thurman swerved into an oncoming vehicle and crashed into it head-on, authorities said. Investigators said they believe the accident that killed Thurman and the driver of the other vehicle was intentional.
Lowery was found on the front passenger seat of the vehicle and had to be cut out of the wreckage. She was flown to a hospital for treatment but was able to communicate with first aiders on site. Her condition was not known Sunday.
Walnut Springs is approximately 60 miles northwest of Waco and 180 miles northwest of Houston.
The Amber Alert system, used in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, was created in 1996. It stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while cycling in Arlington, Texas, and later murdered.
You can see everyone active Texas Amber Alerts from Texas Dept. of Public Safety her.
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