On Thursday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released additional images of missing mother, Leila Cavett, who mysteriously disappeared last month.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Cavett, 21, of Dawsonville, Georgia, disappeared July 26, after she possibly drove to Florida with her toddler son.
During the morning hours of July 26, a passerby discovered Cavett’s son, 2-year-old Kamdyn Cavett Arnold, wandering alone in a t-shirt and a dirty diaper outside of an apartment complex off of SW 68th Avenue in Miramar. After searching the area for the toddler’s caretakers without luck, the passerby contacted the police.
On July 28, police discovered Cavett’s white truck, a late 90s Chevrolet 3500, in Hollywood, Florida, at a Walmart parking lot off of 441 and Hollywood Blvd. Investigators didn’t locate Cavett and announced that she could be in danger.
Kamdyn is in foster care while the search continues. Cavett’s sister, Gina Lewis, said that the family is trying to get custody of Kamdyn but the process has not been easy.
Meanwhile, the FBI announced that they believe whoever is responsible for Cavett’s disappearance is likely still in the area.
“We believe some people who are familiar with the circumstances surrounding Leila’s disappearance remain in our community, while some have left the area,” FBI Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro said. “For those who have already been interviewed, we thank you for your cooperation, as we may be asking for your help again.”
Security footage captured Cavett on the evening of July 24 at a Cracker Barrel in Vero Beach, with her son. She was spotted the following day at a RaceTrac gas station on Hollywood Boulevard, next to the Walmart where police found her truck.
Cavett entered and exited a Lexus sedan at RaceTrac at around 3 p.m. on July 25. Cavett returned to the same gas station that evening, with her son, according to authorities.
The Cavett family lawyer, Javaron D. Buckley Sr., Esq., said Cavett was in the presence of a black male before her disappearance, who may have ties to Texas. The male was reportedly in Hollywood Beach visiting his girlfriend, Buckley told Dr. Phil.
“He’s believed to be the boyfriend of a young lady who’s currently here in Hollywood, Florida…He was, from my understanding, detained by the Hollywood Police Department and released…I’m not sure the line of questioning, but they did question him. There was not enough to keep him, which is why they let him go.”
Buckley Sr. added that the man’s girlfriend initially refused to speak with authorities. No one, so far, has been named a suspect in Cavett’s disappearance.
“It’s not out of character for her to go places, but it’s definitely out of character for her to be in Florida,” Cavett’s sister, Gina Lewis, previously told NBC 6. “We’re in Alabama, she lives in Georgia. If it’s not those two states, we don’t understand why she would be here, for sure.”
Cavett stands 5-feet-4-inches tall and weighs around 120 pounds. She has a tattoo on her inner right arm that reads, “Kamdyn,” in cursive and a small tattoo of a “Jesus fish” on her right wrist.
Anyone with information on Cavett’s whereabouts should contact the FBI Miami at 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to FBI.gov/tips.
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[Feature Photo: Leila Cavett and Kamdyn/Facebook; Police Handout]