A suspect who stole a Georgia toddler and an SUV last week is still on the run, but police are hoping that evidence left behind in the recovered vehicle will lead to an arrest.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced last Thursday afternoon that 1-year-old Blaise Barnett was found safe. So far, there’s no word on who abducted the child, but officials said he was found at a home off of Rogers Street in Clarkston.
Blaise was abducted on November 10 as he sat in a car seat, wrapped up in a grey blanket inside the vehicle. The incident happened at the Parc 1000 apartments off of Montreal Drive in Clarkston.
Investigators are hoping several items left behind in the SUV in which 1-year-old Blaise Barnett was found in front of a Clarkston home after being missing for more than 37 will lead them to the person responsible for his abduction. https://t.co/xwHKZ6gnb7
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) November 18, 2021
Clarkston police officials confirmed that they found the stolen SUV hours later. According to AJC, a tipster found the Explorer at the Brannon Hills Condominiums, a vacant complex off of Memorial College Avenue. The toddler’s car seat was still inside the vehicle and the keys were found inside a cupholder in the SUV.
According to Fox 5, police found the baby inside a van at the Clarkston home, around a mile away from his own home. A woman who lived at the residence discovered the baby inside her van when she returned from grocery shopping. She promptly contacted the police.
The suspect, however, remains elusive.
11Alive reports that the suspect left behind several pieces of evidence in the SUV, including jean shorts with the word “Caution” stitched on the side, a black plastic grocery bag, and a blue-and-black Altec Lansing Bluetooth speaker.
Clarkston police also confirmed that the items do not belong to the family and were not in the vehicle before it was stolen.
Anyone with information should contact Sergeant G. Trumble at 404-557-8956.
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