UPDATE: A 14-year-old girl missing from Grand Saline has been found. The following is from the Van Zandt Sheriff's Office:
The Van Zandt Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Dale Corbett would like to update our community and neighbors about the progress in finding and bringing Willow Sirmans home.
Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office and the Dallas Field Office of the FBI, are proud to announce that Willow Sirmans has been found safe and in good health. Willow’s family has been informed and thankful she is safe.
More than 15 agencies came together in a joint investigation to locate Willow.
Willow was reported missing on Tuesday, May 12 at approximately 2 p.m. At the time, officers with the Grand Saline Police Department and deputies with the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office attempted to locate Willow and followed up on leads to her possible location. Local resources were unable to find Willow and the decision was made on Wednesday, May 13 by the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office to request state and federal assistance. An AMBER Alert was issued that same day.
The FBI Dallas Field Office responded to the request and deployed resources immediately from our Tyler Resident Agency and our main field office in Dallas.
A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued today for Austen Walker. Through the course of the investigation, we determined that Austen Walker and Willow Sirmans were in the company of Courtney Odum in a 2012 white Toyota Camry. This information was provided in the AMBER Alert and allowed us to locate Odum.
After she was questioned by FBI Special Agents, it was confirmed that Austen Walker and Willow Sirmans were staying at a residence in the Louisville area. This led to the operation that recovered Willow.
We want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies who helped us locate Willow. Our first priority was bringing her home and we are glad that successfully happened.
Both Austen Walker and Courtney Odum are both in custody.
From May 14:
An amber alert, indicating a missing child, has been issued for Willow Sirmans, a 14-year-old girl who was last seen in Grand Saline, Texas. Police are searching for Willow, and Austen Walker, who is believed to be connected to her abduction. Law enforcement states that they believe Willow is in grave danger.
Residents are urged to call the Van Zandt Sherrif's Office with any information pertaining to this abduction. A white Toyota Camry with Texas license plate #LGH9294 may be connected to the crime.
The complete alert follows below:
- Toyota Camry, WhiteTexas license plate #LGH9294
THE VAN ZANDT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS SEARCHING FOR WILLOW SIRMANS, WHITE, FEMALE, 14 YEARS OLD, 3 FEET, 75 LBS, STRAWBERRY BLONDE HAIR, BLUE EYES WITH BRACES ON HER TEETH. POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR AUSTEN WALKER, WHITE, MALE, 21 YEARS OLD, 5'9", 140 LBS, BROWN HAIR, GREEN EYES, TATTOO ON THE LEFT ARM, AND A TATTOO AND SCAR ON THE RIGHT ARM, IN CONNECTION WITH HER ABDUCTION. THE SUSPECT WAS LAST HEARD FROM IN GRAND SALINE, TEXAS. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS BELIEVE THIS CHILD TO BE IN GRAVE OR IMMEDIATE DANGER. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THIS ABDUCTION, CALL THE VAN ZANDT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 903-567-4133.