SLED: Missing NC child, suspect might be in Myrtle Beach - - Columbia, South Carolina

SLED: Missing NC child, suspect might be in Myrtle Beach

Abigail Faith Lefevers (Source: SLED) Abigail Faith Lefevers (Source: SLED)
Timothy Howard Newman (Source: SLED) Timothy Howard Newman (Source: SLED)

An update from the State Law Enforcement Division in the case of a missing 12-year-old girl from North Carolina says the girl and a suspect wanted in connection with her disappearance may be in Myrtle Beach or somewhere on the southeast coast.

According to SLED, law enforcement officials in North Carolina have reason to believe 38-year-old Timothy Howard Newman and the girl, Abigale Lefevers, may be along the coast.

Officials say Newman is "very knowledgeable" of waterways along the east coast because his father was the captain of several large boats. 

The report goes on to speculate that Newman and the girl may even be hanging around marinas or could possibly be on a boat.

Lefevers was last seen on McNeil Road in Newport, North Carolina. She is described as 5'4" tall and weighing 90 pounds with brown shoulder-length hair.

Deputies say Lefevers disappeared from her father's home sometime between 10 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Newman, a registered sex offender, was released from prison last year after spending more than six years behind bars for three counts of sex offenses by a substitute parent or guardian. 

Investigators say Newman has been talking to Lefevers for the last few weeks, but it's unclear right now how they communicated and how Newman was able to take the young girl.

Newman was last seen by his roommate last night and did not show up for work on Monday morning.

SLED says they believe the pair is traveling in a 1998 red Chrysler Sebring with the North Carolina license plate number AKT 6534. The vehicle was last seen going southbound on Highway 17.

If you have any information about this case, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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