Henderson police: Missing East Texas toddler found safe

Henderson police: Missing East Texas toddler found safe

HENDERSON, Texas (KLTV) - UPDATE: As of 10:20 a.m., Henderson police report Ariel Smith has been found safe.

They said the department is still investigating the matter.

Lt. Brian Bathke with the Henderson Police Department reported family members brought the toddler to the station, including Lamarcus Smith, who was identified as the child’s father and who police believed she was with.

PREVIOUS: An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing East Texas toddler who is believed to be in grave or immediate danger.

According to the Henderson Police Department, Ariel Smith, 2, was abducted sometime before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday from her mother’s apartment at the Henderson Village on Highway 259. She is described as a black female, 2′1″, weighing 39 pounds, with black braided hair and brown eyes. Ariel was last known to be wearing a white t-shirt.

The girl has a two-inch scar on the right side of her neck, according to a news release.

Right now police are looking for Lamarcus Smith, 41, in connection to the abduction. Smith was last heard from in the Henderson area, according to authorities.

Smith is described as a black male, with black hair and brown eyes, about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was last known to be wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. Police say Smith has a tattoo on his chest and right arm.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Smith was last known to be driving a red 2011 GMC pickup with Texas Disabled Veteran license plates DV9SLM.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact the Henderson Police Department at (903) 657-3512.

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