Carlee Russell’s parents say her abductor ‘absolutely’ still out there

Published 8:36 am Tuesday, July 18, 2023

The parents of an Alabama woman who went missing for 48 hours after she disappeared Thursday night after allegedly stopping to help a child she saw walking alone on an interstate.

Talitha Robinson-Russell and Carlos Russell, parents of Carlee Russell, spoke to an NBC News reporter, the interview was aired on Tuesday morning.

The 25-year-old Carlee called 911 on Thursday night as she drove home from work after she said she say a young toddler walking alone on a stretch of Interstate 459 in Hoover, Alabama.

Carlee mysteriously reappeared Saturday night, walking up to her parents’ home alone.

Although the parents said they could not discuss specific details of the case, they did indicate their daughter was aiding investigators in the search for her “abductor.”

“Carlee has given detectives her statement so they can continue to pursue her abductor,” Talitha Robinson-Russell said.

The NBC reporter Priscilla Thompson asked the couple of if they believed there was “an abductor still out there.”

Talitha Robinson-Russell said without hesitation, “Absolutely.”

Carlee’s mother said her daughter’s journey back to safety was difficult.

“There were definitely moments where she fought for her life,” the mother said. “There were moments she had to physically fight for her life and there were moments she had to mentally fight for her life.”

Police have said they have retraced all of Carlee’s steps up until the moment of her disappearance and indicated Monday that they do not believe she was followed, but haven’t said yet what they believe happened to her.

Watch the NBC News interview here: