Slegs enkele dae nadat die 18-jarige Daphne Westbrook in Simson was, Ala., Tennessee’s Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office said Friday morning that law enforcement agents are still searching for her father, John Westbrook.
Westbrook was reported ontbreek In Oktober 2019 after she never returned home from a weekend with her father. Nearly a year and a half later, John Westbrook was indicted and charged with aggravated kidnapping – but investigators had to find him first, die distriksprokureur se kantoor aangekondig op daardie stadium.
Investigators described Daphne Westbrook’s father at the time as an “IT expert” who specializes in blockchain technology, security and Bitcoin.
“He is communicating in a way that’s almost impossible to trace, which makes it extremely difficult for investigators to generate significant leads in this case,” het die kantoor gesê. Police believed at the time that he was making money doing computer work for small businesses.
In Maart, Hamilton County District Attorney Neil Pinkston told Chatanooga-based news station WRCB-TV that Daphne Westbrook was “constantly being given drugs and alcohol that keeps her in an altered state.”
Details surrounding how she was located were not immediately provided.
The district attorney’s office said Friday it still plans to prosecute Westbrook once he is found. Die ondersoek duur voort, amptenare gesê, and authorities “expect new developments within the next couple of weeks.”
Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.
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