Suspect on the loose after missing girl found alive, mom found ‘brutally beaten,’ say cops

A South Carolina girl who vanished from her Charleston home on Tuesday afternoon was reportedly found alive Wednesday afternoon in Alabama.

Al.com reported that the young girl, 4, was found alive in Riverside, Alabama. An officer said police were checking a car located in a parking lot on Highway 78 near Depot Street when he noticed a man sleeping with a little girl.

The little girl asked to be let out the vehicle. When the officer obliged, the sleeping man woke up and drove off. The suspect was driving a blue sedan with an Illinois tag, according to the newspaper.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Todd disappeared Tuesday after an intruder entered her Charleston home. The girl’s mother was found brutally beaten and described the attacker as a “skinny” Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years of age, with short hair.

The Post and Courier reported that a sketch of a person of interest in the case depicted a “stocky” Hispanic man, 30 to 40 years of age, having a flame tattoo on one side of his face and a lightning bolt on the other. The man is believed to have been seen days earlier in the woods behind Todd’s home.

Alabama authorities have yet to provide a description of the man found in the car with Todd on Wednesday. The girl’s father is in the Coast Guard and was training at the time of Todd’s disappearance, the newspaper reported.

This is a developing story. Be sure to check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available.

[Feature Photo: Heidi Todd and a person of interest/Charleston Police Department]