A 3-year-old Augusta girl who was returned home safely after going missing for nearly 12 hours told her family she went on a "long ride."
Lenore "Lenny" Wilson was brought to the Augusta police station by an unknown man after an Amber Alert was issued following her disappearance Tuesday morning. The alert was only the second of its kind ever issued in the state.
Police say they have questioned the man and are seeking to locate Fatima "China" Gissentaner, a New York woman who reportedly contacted local officers and said she had the girl. Gissentaner is said to have occasionally cared for Wilson.
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Wilson was returned to her grandmother and other family members.
Police are now on the lookout for suspects China and Dollar, both from New York.
"It was our understanding that the child was in the custody of Fatima, we had that conversation with her and she promised to bring her back and she didn't, so we're investigating that as what it is," said Augusta's Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills.
"Obviously the child was unharmed, she was brought back to us and her family in great condition so we're investigating it for what it is. Explain to us why that transaction didn't happen, why an amber alert had to go out, and we can go from there as far as whether charges are filed or not."
Tuesday's amber alert drew in help from the FBI, State Police, and the Computer Crimes Task Force. Police hope this message gets across to the duo and say that no one is facing charges at the moment. They just want to hear the whole story.