Captured on Tape
Tracie was in the store for only a few minutes, but it was long enough for her to realize that something was wrong. "I thought to myself, 'That child does not belong with that man,'" she says. She got in her car and started to drive off but couldn't bring herself to pull out of the parking lot. Instead, Tracie turned her car around and found out the man's license plate number. She then called 911, and the dispatcher said they'd look into it and call her back. A few minutes later, the dispatcher called to tell Tracie that everything checked out—the girl was the man's granddaughter. Tracie drove back to Atlanta, but couldn't get the little girl out of her mind.
Tracie says she felt "half-crazy" not being able to put the incident behind her—but she felt in her heart she had to find answers. "I told my sister, 'I will let this go when my heart says let it go.' And I could not let it go. I thought, 'If I'm right, this was [the little girl's] one shot.'"
Tracie desperately searched online for the girl's face on missing children websites and continued to contact authorities. When four days passed without a single lead, Tracie decided to become her own detective. She drove 260 miles back to the service station.
When Tracie explained the situation to Deputy Davis, he asked her to fill out an incident report and probed for more details. The store manager remembered seeing the little girl regularly and was able to give Davis an idea of where she lived.
The next day, Davis and his colleagues spotted the truck Tracie had described parked outside a nearby trailer. The sheriff sounded his horn, and the man stepped out the front door. A woman stepped out behind him...in her arms was the little girl whose face had haunted Tracie for days.
Officers immediately arrested Wiley and Cavender. It was later discovered that Wiley was not the sex offender wanted in Wisconsin—but he has been charged with first-degree rape and sodomy in connection with the little girl and a 17-year-old boy also found in the trailer. Cavender has been charged with child abuse. She confessed to police that Wiley had repeatedly sexually assaulted both the little girl and the teenage boy. Doctors confirmed that the young girl was severely sexually assaulted. Cavender also confessed that she and Wiley molested other children across the country. Police are investigating all leads.
Tracie says authorities are waiting for DNA test results to determine if Wiley is the girl's grandfather. Both children are now in foster care.
Authorities say there are three things you should do if you suspect you've seen an abducted child.
- Get the car's license number—including the state and a description of
- Call 911 or the police.
- Call 800-THE-LOST to report what you've seen.
Felix cradled Eric in his arms and rushed him to safety, where he was able to perform CPR and save the child's life. Tracinda was rescued by the fire department and is happy to report that Eric is happy and healthy. Since the fire, she has named Felix her son's godfather!
After the baby was rescued, Brazilians mobbed the hospital hoping to get a glimpse of the child. The little girl is in the care of child protective authorities and has recovered fully. Police have arrested the baby's mother and charged her with attempted homicide.
Although the Kindler family lost their home and most of their belongings in the fire, the quick-thinking firemen saved their family dog from the flames.
Fortunately, Roger only suffered bruises and scrapes from the hit-and-run accident. The day after Roger's scare, police discovered the driver was an 83-year-old woman. She was on the way to the hospital to visit her terminally ill husband. Roger says he's since learned that the woman thought she had hit a car, but was unaware she had struck him.
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