On Feb. 13, 2018, four year-old Heidi Renae Todd went missing from her Johns Island home in Charleston S.C. Her mother was attacked by an “unwanted guest,” and they believed the same individual took the young girl, who at the time was dressed in a blue shirt and pink pants. The FBI was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Heidi.
Heidi was discovered by police officers just outside of Birmingham, Alabama in the town of Riverside. 37 year-old Thomas Lawton Evans was found to be the abductor. Evans was arrested later that night after being involved with a police chase.
Evans will be faced with federal kidnapping charges as well as state charges in relation to the kidnapping. The police were tipped on Heidi’s location by a railroad worker who noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the woods next to a railroad track.
Heidi’s mother endured multiple facial fractures as well as a brain bleed as a result of the attack. Heidi is now reunited with her family which includes four other children, who were left unhurt according to the police. Authorities believe that the Todd’s were a random target and had no direct relation to Evans.