Amber Alert Issued North Carolina for 1 Year Old Shylin Olanda Neal Missing Since 8/29/13 in High Point, NC … Child Sleeping Inside Stolen Vehicle (Update: Toddler Found Unharmed)
Authorities have issued an AMBER ALERT in North Carolina for missing 1 year old Shylin Olanda Neal. According to accounts, Shylin’s godfather had parked his white 2003 Chevrolet Suburban outside a Food Lion and left the girl sleeping inside while he went into the store shortly before 10 pm, Thursday night. When he came back to the vehicle, the vehicle and Shylin Olanda was gone. The SUV has a sunroof, a North Carolina license plate No. BJX1565 and a sticker that says “I LOVE WAKEBOARDING.
It is uncertain whether this was intended to be a child abduction or it was a car jacking and the thieves had no idea that there was a child sleeping in the vehicle. One can only hope that if that is the case, there is some honor amongst thieves and they will just drop the child off at a church, fire station or hospital.
Authorities were calling in additional manpower Friday to search for a missing High Point baby who was sleeping inside a parked vehicle when it was stolen outside a grocery store late Thursday.
An Amber Alert has been issued for 1-year-old Shylin Olanda Neal. She is described as black, about 18 inches tall and weighing about 24 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair braided with beads that are blue and clear.
Shylin was last seen wearing a turquoise onesie with a heart print and turquoise shoes.
WFMY, a CBS affliate in Greensboro, reported that Shylin’s godfather parked his white 2003 Chevrolet Suburban outside a Food Lion and left the girl sleeping inside while he went into the store shortly before 10 p.m. When he returned, the vehicle was gone.
The stolen SUV is described as a white 2003 Chevrolet Suburban with N.C. tags BJX-1565. The vehicle has a sunroof and an “I love wakeboarding” sticker on the back.
As of 7 a.m. Friday, High Point Police Capt. Mike Kirk said there had been no sightings of the SUV or Neal.
Kirk said the vehicle theft “appears to be random.”
The FBI and every law enforcement agency within a 50-mile radius has been notified of the case, Kirk said.
Officers will be back out to the area this morning to canvass surrounding businesses for any surveillance footage. Kirk says they plan to use aircraft to aid in the search efforts once the weather clears.
UPDATE I: Toddler found Safe and Unharmed.
On her way home Friday morning, UNC Greensboro student Mary Rizkalla heard something she’s not used to hearing in the parking lot of her campus apartment complex.
It was a baby, and she was crying.
Rizkalla, 19, was headed to her apartment at Campus Crossing at about 8:35 a.m. Friday. She was the first person to spot the white Chevrolet Suburban that contained a child who had gone missing late Thursday.
Seventeen-month-old Shylin Neal, of High Point, was returned unharmed to her mother Friday.
Anyone with information about the child or the vehicle is asked to call High Point police at 336-887-7940.