Amber Alert Linked to Death in Melrose, Florida; Perps Headed to Houston

PUTNAM COUNTY, FL — Authorities have linked the murder of a 66-year-old man to an Amber alert for a teenager from Putnam County.

Investigators are looking for 15-year-old Morgan Leppert of San Mateo. They say she may be with 23-year-old Toby Lowry, a person of interest in a death in Melrose.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Lowry and Leppert have been spotted in a silver 2003 Toyota Tacoma with Florida tag number 193KLR. Investigators say the truck is registered to 66-year-old James Thomas Stewart.

Police in Putnam found Stewart’s body in his home around 10:30 Thursday morning.

Detectives say there were obvious signs of foul play.

Investigators believe Leppert and Lowry may be traveling to Houston.

Call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS if you see them. You’ll remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.

Source: First Coast News and Missing and Murdered Children.

He/they have committed murder, are dangerous, and may be on the road toward you.

There are increasing numbers of parents that are not allowing their children internet access. Sounds like this would have been a good thing in this case.

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    Robert D said,

    Here’s a link with some pictures if you want to put them in your story.


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    swampie said,

    Thanks; I tried to put the pictures on earlier but for some reason, WordPress wouldn’t cooperate.

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    Robert D said,

    Swamps, I had that problem yesterday. I emptied my cache and it started working again. WordPress forums has a lot of info when you have problems. I’ve found out it’s not always my fault. 🙂

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