Girl still missing
A 9-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by her mother Wednesday afternoon is still missing and her father is desperate to get her back.
Dyresha Williams was taken from her third-grade class at Al Tahoe Elementary School just after noon by 27-year-old Edwina Lee, whom she had not seen in three years.
“She has got to be scared, she barely knows this woman,” said Damon Williams, Dyresha’s father. “I am just hoping we will get her back.”
A warrant has been issued for Lee’s arrest by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, and she could face up to three years in prison on charges of parental abduction.
Officials investigating Dyresha’s disappearance are calling on dozens of state and federal agencies to help them in their search, according to South Lake Tahoe Police Detective Donna Kingman, who said, “We are getting everyone we can involved.”
Law enforcement agencies in Reno and the Bay Area – where authorities believe Lee may be headed – are searching for the child, according to Kingman. The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Abused Children are putting up fliers and have told the media in California and Nevada about the girl’s abduction.
“I have no reason to think we won’t find her,” Kingman said. “My suspicion is that her mother will eventually want to resolve this. Hopefully we will find Dyresha then.”
Williams said he and his fiancee, who has been a mother to Dyresha for the past seven years, are trying to help each other be strong.
“It is really starting to hurt now but eventually we will get her back,” he said. “I don’t think (Lee) is going to hurt her but I am worried about how she is feeling. If she is frightened.”
For now Williams is hoping Lee will get in touch with him. She had Dyresha call home the night of the abduction but has not called since.
“I just hope she hasn’t been able to get away,” Williams said.
He also hopes the school district will prevent similar things from happening in the future and is angry that the school allowed Lee to take his daughter.
“This has to stop,” he said. “Something has to change, but (the school district) is just trying to cover its behind.”
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