Man wanted for launching Amber Alert may be in SC

Published: Sep. 24, 2012 at 11:14 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2012 at 11:14 PM EDT
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Abigail Faith Lefevers (Source: SLED)
Abigail Faith Lefevers (Source: SLED)
Timothy Howard Newman (Source: SLED)
Timothy Howard Newman (Source: SLED)
SLED believes the pair is traveling in a 1998 red Chrysler Sebring.
SLED believes the pair is traveling in a 1998 red Chrysler Sebring.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division says a missing 12-year-old girl from Newport, NC may be in the Myrtle Beach area.

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office reports that Abigaile Faith Lefevers may be in the Myrtle Beach area or possibly traveling along the coast of South Carolina with 38-year-old Timothy Howard Newman, a registered sex offender.

According to SLED, Newman is known to be knowledgeable of waterways along the east coast. Officials with SLED says there is a possibility that Newman is hanging around marinas and could possibly be on a boat.

Authorities say Newman has experience as a truck driver and if he is still traveling, he may be driving along back roads in order to avoid major highways.

Lefevers 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.

SLED investigators are also seeking 38-year-old Timothy Howard Newman. The National Sex Offender Registry has identified Newman as a registered sex offender.

Newman 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.

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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