Support and well-wishes flooded in from families around town after news broke on the evening of February 13 of a mother's brutal beating and disappearance of her 4-year-old daughter, Heidi Renae Todd, in Charleston, S.C.
Police said she was found safe in Riverside, Alabama. He was driving a blue sedan with an IL tag.
Tecklenburg said the mother is in fair condition and has provided "limited information" to investigators.
Oliver found Evans sleeping in a vehicle with Heidi Todd in the woods near a railroad track.
Earlier Wednesday afternoon, the Charleston Police Department had released a sketch of a man in connection to Heidi, who was taken from her home in the 2900 block of Sweetleaf Lane in the Whitney Lake subdivision on Tuesday. She was discovered missing when her mother failed to pick up the other children at school.
Tecklenburg said investigators have identified a person of interest in the case and they want to speak with him. Her siblings were reportedly unharmed. Above is a representational image of a crime scene where police cars are parked.
He said Heidi's father is in the Coast Guard and is a former firefighter. Following the attack, he returned to SC to be with his family. SLED issued a bolo to law enforcement agencies Tuesday night according to an official with the department.
Heidi is described by police as having sandy brown hair.
Cryptically, police say Heidi's disappearance is the result of a home invasion but they will not say that she was abducted and an amber alert has not been issued.
The mayor said he had visited with the Todds at the hospital, and he described them as a wonderful family.
According to The Post and Courier, Evans has multiple past arrests on his record for breaking into cars, substance abuse, and, in 2009, armed robbery.
Anyone who sees Evans should call 911 immediately.
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Department of Natural Resources are also assisting Charleston Police and Fire officials as well as rescue teams.