BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A desperate search to save a child from a registered sex offender is underway. They were last seen in Brunswick County near the state line.
Twelve-year-old Abigale Lefevers is missing from Carteret County. Now a family already dealing with loss is suffering even more.
"To think that anybody would take my 12-year-old daughter away from me after her mother passed away last year," Abigale's dad Robert said.
The man wanted for her kidnapping, 38-year-old Timothy Newman, did some odd jobs around the house for Robert. Robert says once he learned about Newman's past, he told him to stay away. But investigators say Newman still kept in touch with the child.
"All I can tell you for certain is he contacted her numerous times over the past several weeks. We're looking into that," Carteret County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Ken Raper said.
Lefevers last saw his daughter Sunday around 10 p.m. at their home in Newport. When he woke up Monday morning, she was missing.
She may be in Newman's red 1998 Chrysler Sebring with license plate number AKT-6534. The car was last spotted on US 17 in Brunswick County near the state line, but investigators say by now, it could be anywhere.
And not knowing where she is or if she's safe is hard for Robert Lefevers to handle.
"I'm concerned, because he told me he's never going back to prison, so it makes me worried about my daughter," Lefevers said.
If you know anything about this case, call the Carteret County Sheriff's Office at (252) 504-4800 or local law enforcement.