A Tennessee teen who was kidnapped and drugged by her father was discovered protected Friday — after being lacking for almost two years, authorities stated.
Alabama cops by chance stumbled upon Daphne Westbrook round 1:30 a.m. within the metropolis of Samson, the place an officer stopped the now 18-year-old for driving with an expired tag and busted mild, in keeping with Chief Jimmy Hill.
The officer realized who she was after working her title by way of police computer systems, Hill stated.
Westbrook was driving by way of Alabama to the seaside along with her canine.
“She appeared effective. She stated she was going to the seaside to take pleasure in herself,’’ the chief stated, in keeping with AL.com. “She stated she had simply turned 18 and was free.”
It was not stated the place she was coming from.
The teenager was reported lacking from Chattanooga, TN, in October of 2019 and authorities stated they consider her father John Westbrook had saved her in opposition to her will by preserving her intoxicated.
Hamilton County District Lawyer’s Workplace, the county the place the teenager was reported lacking was nonetheless looking for her father.
“We’re grateful Daphne is protected and now not being held by her father,” the workplace wrote. “It’s particularly gratifying to have the ability to inform her mother that Daphne is free and now not being hidden. This doesn’t change our aim to seek out and prosecute John Westbrook.”
Cops let the 18-year-old go after figuring out she “was in no hazard and said that she wanted no assist in any approach.
In line with AL.com, Daphne Westbrook didn’t wish to converse to her mother, with whom she had a falling-out when she dropped out of the tenth grade.