Hoover, Ala. – Carly Russell Googled the movie “taken” before she disappeared on July 13, along with many other search terms leading to the moment she told a 911 operator she saw a toddler walking along a busy interstate.
According to the Hoover Police Department, Russell, 25, went missing on July 13 around 9:24 p.m. after telling a 911 operator that she saw a 3- to 4-year-old child in a diaper along Interstate 459 South near Birmingham, Alabama.
After the 911 call, Russell called a relative and stopped talking but the line “remained open,” according to police. She returned home at approximately 10:45 p.m. on July 15 and was taken to a local hospital before being released.
During a press conference Wednesday, Hoover Police Capt. Keith Chekleba said Russell took a “dark-colored bathrobe, a roll of toilet paper” and other items that belonged to his employer, Woodhouse Spa Birmingham, on July 13 at 8:20 p.m.
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Afterward, Russell ordered food from Taziki’s Mediterranean Café and picked it up at its Colonnade location in Birmingham before going to Target, where he bought some granola bars and Cheez-Its. She remained in the parking lot until 9:21 p.m
Inside the car, various personal items such as Russell’s wallet and an Apple Watch were found, along with an order for Tazeki. His cell phone was lying near the car. The items he bought at Target were not found inside the car.
The police chief also said Russell searched for “do you have to pay for an Amber Alert” at 7:30 a.m. on July 11. At 1:03 a.m. on July 13, Russell searched for “how to take money from the register without getting caught.”
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He said Russell also searched for the movie “Taken” on July 13 at 12:10 p.m. According to IMDB, “Taken” is a film about a retired CIA agent who travels across Europe to rescue his daughter who was kidnapped while visiting Paris.
Czeskleba said it’s “extremely unusual” for someone who is kidnapped to have discovered the movie “Taken” just a few hours earlier.
At 2:35 a.m. on July 13, he found a one-way bus ticket from Birmingham to Nashville with a departure date of July 13.
He also allegedly used a work computer to find the “maximum age of an Amber Alert”.
Czeskleba said the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals assisted in the investigation. Officials are still working to account for Russell’s whereabouts during the 49 hours since he went missing, he said.
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Surveillance video obtained by detectives shows that Russell was seen walking on the sidewalk in his neighborhood on July 15 before arriving at his parents’ home.