Authorities in several states are searching for 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis, who a central Florida sheriff says was taken from her home by the man. Authorities describe Hogs as a longtime friend of the girl's family. The sister woke up 45 minutes later and Rebecca was gone.
The family friend is said to have unexpectedly turned up at Rebecca's family home on Friday night having previously not seen the family for two years.
The Polk County, Florida, Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old West Wild Hogs of Seale, Alabama, was originally known as Matthew Clark Pybus.
Rebecca Lewis was last seen in her home Saturday morning.
Hogs is accused of abducting the girl from her family's Lakeland, Florida mobile home near US-98 and Norton Road Saturday morning. He is 31 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 256 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes.
Hogs is white with red hair and blue-green eyes.
Authorities did not released information on where the little girl was found. "You don't get an Amber Alert every day so when they go out, people pay attention". It's a 4-door auto with the Alabama handicapped plate 4JL26, reported as stolen out of Alabama. Hog was seen wearing a light-colored T-shirt and blue jeans.
Rebecca's parents searched for over an hour before calling law enforcement, the sheriff's office noted in an email to media. It was surmised that Hogs had driven off with Rebecca to return to his home state of Alabama and the Amber Alert was promptly issued.
Deputies said Hogs has been driving a stolen gray 2012 Nissan Versa with Alabama handicapped license plate 4JL26.
The Amber Alert was initially issued in Florida, then expanded to Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.
Heartland Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to Lewis' recovery, according to WTSP.
Police have set up a hotline for tips about the whereabouts of Rebecca and Hogs.
According to the Polk County Sheriff, surveillance video captured images of Hogs with the child inside a Lakeland McDonald's restaurant shortly after the abduction. We did, however, agree to issue a BOLO (Be-On-The-Lookout) for law enforcement, which we did immediately.
At that time the TBI expanded Florida's AMBER Alert to East Tennessee.