Police: Search underway for person who abducted 6-year-old

Police: Search underway for person who abducted 6-year-old
Nevaeh Wylie (Source: Cleveland Police)
Nevaeh Wylie (Source: Cleveland Police)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland police are now asking for the public's help in finding a white man who they say took six-year-old Nevaeh Wylie from her grandmother's home on West 104th Street on Saturday.

Police were called to the 3000 block of West 104th St., May 21, for a missing person investigation.

Nevaeh, who had last been seen around 4:00 a.m., was reported missing to police at 2:30 p.m.

Officers searched the neighborhood using canines and helicopters. The FBI also got involved.

At 9:30 p.m., officers received information that the girl had been found at a home several miles away in the 13800 block of Lyric Ave.

Nevaeh was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital to be checked out.

Police say after interviewing Nevaeh, they determined that she was taken from a second story unit in the home by the unidentified white male. Detectives spent a good part of the day, today, going door to door and interviewing residents in the neighborhood where she went missing.

A police officer was still on patrol outside Nevaeh's grandmother's house on Monday morning, close to two days after she was found safe about 30 blocks away. Investigators said Nevaeh was d ropped off on Lyric Avenue, where she rang the doorbell on a house. The people inside called police.

Nevaeh's sister told Cleveland 19 on Sunday, that Nevaeh told her family she was taken to a home where there were a lot of people, after being abducted from her grandmother's home.

"She says he came in, and he grabbed her, and he says, 'shut up,' and he held her mouth, and he got in the truck with her. She told us this whole story. And, he got in the truck, and he told her to lay down on the dashboard. She says there was a whole bunch of people in the house, so he had to sneak her to his room," said Miracle Wolford.

The Department of Children and Family Services is also conducting an investigation into this case.

Police aren't saying what their investigation reveals happened to Nevaeh while she was with the suspect.

One man who lives on West 104th street said he'd been interviewed by detectives who wanted to know if he had seen anything suspicious at Nevaeh's grandmother's house the night before she disappeared.  They asked if he'd noticed a party.

He said he hadn't, but that a lot of teenagers were known to spend time hanging out outside the home.

Crystal Cartwright says she knows Nevaeh's dad, who she says must be upset by the whole situation. Until this case is solved, she tells Cleveland 19 her kids are staying close.

"I just know something is not right down there that way with that story. Until the truth is out, my kids will not be anywhere near those children or any of these houses around the area," said Cartwright.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to call 216-622-6842.

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