The mother of missing Georgia woman, Leila Cavett, says that an FBI agent implied her daughter is likely never coming home.
“Is my daughter coming back?” Tina Kirby asked the agent, according to an interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
“No,” was the response, according to Kirby.
“I don’t want my daughter to be dead,” Kirby said. “But I cannot live the rest of my life in denial either.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Cavett, 21, was last seen July 25 at a RaceTrac gas station in Hollywood, Florida. Family members said Cavett may have left Georgia with her toddler son “abruptly” at night and drove to Florida for unknown reasons.
During the morning hours of July 26, passerby Ebony Williams discovered Cavett’s son, 2-year-old Kamdyn, 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, Williams contacted the police.
“I heard the baby crying, so I walked over, and I realized he was by himself,” Williams said. “I asked him, ‘Where’s your mommy?’ And he kind of just like pointed everywhere.”
Kamdyn is now in foster care while family members are going through the legal process in an attempt to gain custody. Meanwhile, his mother remains missing.
On Saturday, authorities arrested a person of interest in the case. Self-proclaimed “witch doctor” Shannon Ryan was detained in Florida and arrested for lying to the FBI and kidnapping, in connection to Kamdyn.
A criminal complaint indicated a car that looked identical to Ryan’s gold Lexus with a missing bumper was spotted on security footage by the apartment complex just moments before the toddler was found.
“A vehicle consistent with Ryan’s Gold Lexus is seen directly in front of the apartment complex where the child was recovered only minutes before the child was found. Ryan’s Lexus is very distinguishable because it is missing the front bumper,” the complaint states.
According to a federal search warrant, investigators also found shovels with red droplets in Ryan’s possession. Investigators reportedly determined the droplets to be “apparent blood,” the Sentinel reports.
Kirby is currently in Florida, where investigators asked for her DNA to see if they can get a match to her daughter with the blood.“Tell me where my baby is! Please,” Kirby said, referencing Ryan, who had a brief court appearance today at the Broward County Court for a bond hearing.
In an hour-long video posted on Facebook earlier this month, Ryan claimed he was the last person to see Cavett before she disappeared from a Hollywood, Florida, gas station with a group of men.
Ryan claimed on the same video that he had known Cavett for years. He said Cavett and her toddler son, Kamdyn, previously lived with him in Alabama for months.
Ryan also said he was in Hollywood visiting a friend in the hospital when he asked Cavett to come to Florida. He offered to buy her truck from her, a truck Cavett had reportedly just bought for herself.
“I said, ‘Let me buy that truck from you,’” Ryan said. “‘I’m not selling my truck.’ I’m like, ‘Leila, come on, sell me the truck.’ From my understanding, I thought she was the reason she was coming to Florida.”
Ryan alleged that Cavett showed up with the truck and her son in Florida after their conversation. He claimed he spent the day with Cavett and Kamydyn, going to the beach and treating them to lunch and dinner.
Ryan added that he paid Leila $3,000 for her truck, and at some point, they ended up at the RaceTrac in Hollywood, where Leila and her son left with unknown men.
“Pulled up to the gas station — boom — when I pulled up to the gas station, it’s some guys in a car that she talking to,” Ryan said. “These guys look familiar because they like some [expletive] she was talking to at the beach, and she got no limits [expletive].”
Investigators analyzed security footage and found no evidence of Cavett leaving with a group of men in a dark sedan.
CrimeOnline reached out to Ryan prior to his arrest, but he refused to talk unless he was first given a payment of $500,000.
“That’s my price. This is how I do business. I get paid to answer people’s questions, so you are no different. Other than that, I have nothing to say and you can quote me on this,” Ryan told CrimeOnline.
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.
On Thursday, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami, announced a $10,000 reward for information that leads to Cavett’s whereabouts.Anyone with information on Cavett is urged to contact the FBI’s Miami office at 800-CALL-FBI or to submit a tip to FBI.GOV/TIPS.
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[Feature Photo: Leila Cavett and Kamdyn/Facebook; Police Handout]