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Missing Alabama woman 'Carlee Russell' returned home on foot, police say

Missing Alabama woman 'Carlee Russell' returned home on foot, police say© Provided by WPTZ Plattsburgh-Burlington

Hoover police are continuing the investigation into the disappearance of "Carlee" Nichole Russell after she was found alive and safe Saturday night.

The child reported in the 911 call made Thursday night by Russell was reported as a male toddler wearing a diaper, according to police. It was the only report about a toddler made to Hoover 911 Thursday.

At 10:44 p.m. Saturday, police said they received a call that Russell had returned home on foot.

Police responded to the scene to investigate and Hoover fire medics responded to the scene to assess and transported Russell to UAB hospital for evaluation.

Talitha Russell, Carlee Russell's mother, posted on Facebook Sunday morning that "God is faithful and He has answered (their) prayers."

The family is asking for privacy at this time and plans to speak in the "near future," according to their post.

The disappearance

On Thursday night, around 9:34 p.m., Hoover 911 received a call from Russell stating she saw a male toddler in a diaper on the interstate near the John Hawkins Parkway exit.

Police said Russell was the only caller to report a toddler along the interstate Thursday night.

She was on her way home from her job at the Woodhouse Day Spa in the Summit, stopped to get food at The Colonnade and was about 10 minutes from her house, according to her parents, Talitha and Carlos Russell.

Carlee Russell then stopped to check on the child and called a family member, according to police. The family told investigators that they lost contact with her, but the phone line remained open.

When police arrived, they found Carlee Russell's car and belongings, but there was no sign of her or a toddler.

Police have not been able to locate anyone with Carlee Russell from the time she left where she picked up food to the time she made the 911 phone call.

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Family gathered to search for Carlee Russell Friday morning at the Hoover Met and asked for help.

"We're just gonna scour the earth," said Carlee Russell's dad, Carlos Russell. "There's no stopping us."

Her parents noted that there is a report from a trucker who said they saw her car with the door open and a grey vehicle had pulled in front of it.

The Russells also said they believe that the child was used as 'bait' in order to lure Russell out of her car.

Video below: Carlee Russell's family describes her

Anyone who has any information about this case is asked to call Det. Brad Fountain at 205-444-7562.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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