Daphne Westbrook

Update: AMBER Alert now issued for teen girl being held against her will and drugged, officials say

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an AMBER Alert on Wednesday for a teen girl who disappeared over a year ago from her mother’s home.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Daphne Westbrook, 17, of Chattanooga, disappeared in October 2019, along with her two dogs, Fern and Strawberry. According to police, Daphne’s father, John Oliver Westbrook, is accused of kidnapping his daughter and stopping all communications with her family.

“I didn’t know that that was the last time I’d see her, when she said goodbye to just spend that weekend with her dad,” Daphne’s mother, Rhona Curtsinger, told the Santa Fe New Mexican.

TBI issued the alert under “unique circumstances” which surround the case. A warrant for kidnapping and related charges has been issued for John Westbrook.

Authorities said Daphne may be in danger both physically and mentally, and unable to communicate with the outside world. John Westbrook, according to investigators, is an expert in IT. His calls and other communications are reportedly nearly impossible to trace.

“He’s used approximately 10 aliases since he left,” Hamilton County District Attorney General Neil Pinkston said. “He’s very adept at hiding his location, identity, and hers as well.”

 “At one point in the trip he purchased hair dye and fake teeth so altered appearances. Bitcoin and block chain analysis are anonymous financial transactions that don’t involve banks. He also uses virtual and Voiceover ip telephone numbers so that you can’t rely on cellular telephone companies to provide location or GPS data.”

May be an image of 9 people, dog and text that says 'MISSING PERSON Daphne Westbrook (Age 17) ENDANGERED TEEN -KIDNAPPED DISTRICT ATTORNEY OFFICE 423-209-7400 NCMEC 1-800 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) (1-800-8 TN MISSING AND UNSOLVED 615-556-0534'

Westbrook spent a little over a month in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was said to have been in the Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Denver areas of Colorado. Daphne’s bible was found in a trash can outside Trader Joe’s off of West Cordova Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in February, NBC 3 reports.

May be an image of 7 people, beard and text that says 'WANTED FELONY WARRANT JOHN OLIVER WESTBROOK WHITE, MALE, 6'4“, 200 LBS., 41 YEARS OLD BROWN HAIR, BLUE EYES, DOB 2/22/1979 WARRANT# 1806312 TYPE Abductor CHARGE Aggravated Kidnapping ISSUED IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION ON THIS MAN, PLEASE CALL 423-209-7400. 6/12/2020'

Pinkston said that Daphne is likely being given drugs and alcohol.

“She’s being held against her will,” Pinkston said. “Through witness testimony, she’s constantly being given drugs and alcohol that keeps her in an altered state.”

Anyone with information should contact the Hamilton County, Tennessee DA’s office at 1-423-209-7425. You can also submit tips to FindingDaphne@hcdatn.org. 

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[Feature Photo: Daphne Westbrook/Handout]