UPDATE: Memphis Police Say Little Girl At Motel Wasn’t Missing 2-Year-Old

UPDATE: Memphis police say the little girl seen at a motel on South Third Street earlier this week was NOT missing 2-year-old Myra Lewis.

Anyone with information concerning the disappearance of Myra Lewis should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

(Memphis) Three people claim they saw missing 2-year-old Myra Lewis at the Discovery Inn on South Third Street.

One motel employee said she asked a little girl about the man she was with, and the girl said he was her dad.

But when the employee saw Myra Lewis’ picture on the news, she called police.

Another employee said, “I seen the little baby and the man.”

The employee told WREG he saw her in a room at the motel with a man.

“When he goes to the store, he leaves the baby inside the room. She never came out of the room until today,” he said. “That’s why the police got here, we called them.”

A woman who works at a daycare next to the motel said her co-worker, who was staying in the room next door to a little girl, also thought she spotted Lewis.

“She seen the little girl outside playing and they got in a white car and left,” Starr Davis said.

The possible sightings led investigators to swarm the motel, although both the man and child were gone when police arrived.

Everyone is hoping these sightings will lead to Lewis.

“I hope we find this baby alive. That’s all I’m wishing and praying for,” Davis said.

Our station in Jackson said they talked to Myra Lewis’ father Monday, and he pleaded for her safe return.

The Mississippi FBI said it is following up every lead.

The Search Widens

The FBI expanded its search for the missing 2-year-old to the Memphis area Monday.

Family members reported Myra Lewis missing Saturday, March 1st.

She was last seen playing with her sister between 10:30 and 11 a.m. outside her Camden, Miss., home.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information about her location.

“We are confident that information will be uncovered which will lead to Myra’s return, and we continue to solicit the public’s assistance in locating this little girl,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said.

Myra is 37″ tall and weighs approximately 27 lbs. She was last seen wearing white or khaki-colored pants, a turquoise sweater with a bear on the front, and pink tennis shoes.

“Obviously we believe there is someone out there with information on where Myra is,” Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker said.

The FBI is asking anyone who might have information about Myra Lewis, even those from Memphis who may have visited or even just passed through the area near her home in Camden, Miss., to contact them.

The agency has expanded its search to Memphis and all neighboring states in hopes that someone will be able to pass along some new information.

Anyone with information concerning the disappearance of Myra Lewis should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

Local Police Active In Search

When Dani Pinkston heard about the 2-year-old child missing from the Jackson, Miss., area, she got a little concerned about her own kids.

”I thought it was really sad. It broke my heart, being the mother of three children myself. My heart just went out to her parents. You always worry when you hear about a missing child. It just makes your stomach drop.”

For more than a week now, search and rescue workers have combed the area around Camden, Miss., looking for missing little Myra Lewis.

”Obviously we believe that there is someone out there that has information as to where little Myra is,” Daniel McMullen, FBI Special Agent In Charge, said.

Now, local police departments like Southaven are getting actively involved in the search for clues.

”We’ve just heard that for some reason they think she may be, so we’re just kinda working off them to follow their suspicions but no, they haven’t told us any specifics,” said Southaven Deputy Police Chief Steve Pirtle.

That’s why Southaven police are reminding officers about the search at roll call, she’s on Southaven’s internal TV Channel, and every officer has a flyer telling them what to look out for.

Investigators say they don’t have any specific information that places the little girl in this area, but that it makes sense to widen the search to nearby major cities.

FBI agents believe that will lead to the girl’s return.

”I think working with the media and law enforcement we will bring little Myra home safely,” said McMullen.

Southaven brass say the more eyes they have looking, the better chance they’ll have of finding the girl.

”The more the better because at this point the information is lacking and we definitely need information,” said Pirtle.

And that gives Pinkston some comfort.

”It makes me feel better. We have really good law enforcement in DeSoto County and I’m just glad they expanded the search to include more people.”

Because even the smallest clue could lead to little Myra Lewis.

12 comments

  • jayla poe

    Do the motel not get name,ID of people who checks in or the tag number of cars or have a discription of the man

    • TaShonda@yahoo.com

      Do the motel peoples not know who be staying in there rooms. This done not make no sense it be crazy.

    • CONCERNED CITIZEN

      The crazy thing is that many of the local motels will allow a customer to sign in without getting a copy of their ID or even looking at the ID. Therefore a customer can sign any name that he or she chooses. However, I believe that the suspect has been caught on a camera in the are between checking in to the motel and going to the gas station. The police should review footage from both in an attempt to get an ID on the perpetrator.

    • CONCERNED CITIZEN

      THE SUSPECT CANNOT BE THE CHILD’S FATHER. IF YOU NOTICE AT THE END OF THE NEWS STORY, THE MOTHER AND FATHER HAVE BEEN PLEADING FOR THEIR DAUGHTER’S SAFE RETURN.

  • CONCERNED CITIZEN

    If one woman was able to get close enough to ask little Myra who is the man that she is with, why wouldn’t you take the little girl to a safe place such as the Fire Dept that is right down the street from the Motel and then call the police. Someone should have recorded the tag number, taken pictures of the car or the man or something. Everyone has a cell phone almost. This baby could have possibly been rescued yesterday.

    • MissTee

      Because if you do that, and you have the wrong kid, and you take someone ELSES kid, you can be charged with kidnapping. Also, if you have the wrong kid, and a parent sees you walking off with their kid, they are going to come after you in an absolute rage to protect their child. Lastly, even if you do have the right kid, you don’t know what the kidnapper is going to do to “protect” themselves from going to prison. They might kill you both.

  • Where's the description of the man?

    Note that of the three witnesses claiming to see Myra, only two were interviewed. The one claiming that Myra said the man was her Dad was not interviewed.
    I wonder if there was something about the man that raised her suspicions. Be nice to have a description of the guy, and the car they were driving, wouldn’t it?
    2 year olds don’t normally have an extensive vocabulary. Often what they do say is hard to understand. So, did the little girl say “This is my Father” or did she say “Da Da”.?
    I’d venture to say that at that age, she does not know how to convey to someone that she has been abducted, and needs help.
    Father’s don’t normally leave a two year old baby locked in a motel room while they run to the store.

  • mary jane bees

    its so strange, for all these people to see the lil girl and not call the police at that time, was any of the people kin to him, did they know him, it just so strange how the 3 people did that, the police need to question them 3 people some more they got to know how that man look will the police do a drawing of the man they seen.

  • mz dee

    I just hope and pray sweet child is safe and is soon back in the arms of loved ones very soon. Parents, watch your kids. Predators are on the Prowl.

  • Lytonya

    I pray that little Myra gets home safe everything I have read is truth but I have a five year old thats mom dead but she always called me mommom even when her mom was alive because that’s the relationship we always had and you have some kids that can make complete sentence at the age of two because my oldest daughter did and she was writing her name at the age of three so I pray who ever out there that have lil Myra get her home safe if you don’t want anyone to know who you are just take her back to her home when everyone inside and let her go please and I pray in Jesus name amen

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