BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT/AP) – Officials are urging anyone with information on the abduction of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney to come forward, now with a larger pot of reward money.
Birmingham Police announced Wednesday that CrimeStoppers is offering a $20,000 reward in addition to Governor Kay Ivey’s $5,000.
An Amber Alert was issued over the weekend for Kamille. She went missing from an outdoor birthday party while she was playing with other children around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
“I wanted to reach out to just one individual. If you know where Kamille is…if you have her and you’re not sure what to do…I want to give you safe passage,” Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said Wednesday.
Chief Smith says it’s a possibility Kamille is being moved around to different locations. He asks anyone with information, including video, to come forward, promising anonymity.
“We’re doing everything we can, and we’re following every lead. We encourage you to keep them coming,” Chief Smith urges.
Officers descended on a small apartment development Wednesday morning less than 10 miles from where Kamille was last seen.
Sgt. Johnny Williams, a police spokesman, said officers were acting on a tip. But police searched every apartment and vehicle in the complex and didn’t find the child, Williams added.
A man and a woman described as persons of interest were arrested and charged with crimes that police say are unrelated to the girl’s disappearance.
There is no new information on Kamille’s location, but the Amber Alert has since been expanded to surrounding states.
“Please bring this to a safe end and place her back into the arms of her family and law enforcement,” Chief Smith said. “Think safe passage. Take her to one of our locations.”
Anyone with information related to Kamille’s kidnapping is urged to contact Birmingham Police at (205) 297-8413.
Tips may also be directed to CrimeStoppers at (205) 254-7777. Those wishing to contribute to CrimeStoppers’ reward may donate by calling (205) 224-5003.