May 8, 2003
Posted at: 4:35 p.m. CDT
Updated at: 11:08 p.m. CDT
PARAGOULD, Ark. -- A Greene County mother is grieving over the abduction of her daughter from their home just outside of Paragould on Thursday.
Arkansas State Police issued a Level II Morgan Nick Alert for the abduction of 5-year-old Jewel L. Mitchell, who was abducted by her non-custodial parent: 25-year-old Walter B. Mitchell.
Jewel is 4 feet tall and weighs 60 pounds. She was taken from her home Thursday at 1 p.m. Walter Mitchell is described as having short red hair, brown eyes, and a red mustache.
Walter Mitchell is believed to be driving a red 1997-99 model Ford F150 pickup truck red in color with a black tool box
Walter Mitchell was last seen wearing a white tank top and baggy brown pants. He will have a small cross tattooed on his left hand and a deuce of spades tattooed on his left arm. He is 5-9 and weighs 125 lbs.
Jewel's mother, Valery Greer, says she hasn't spoken, or seen her daughter's father in five years. Now, she desperately hopes to see him and her daughter again soon. According to Greer, Walter Mitchell came to her mobile home and kicked the door in.
"(I) hid in the bathroom," Greer said. "(He) knocked in that door too. He pulled her away kicking and screaming. There was not much I could do."
According to Arkansas State Police investigator Phil Carter, he believes Walter Mitchell was recently released from a Texas penitentiary and could be headed to the Houston area with the daughter he doesn't even know.
An inspection into database record of the Texas Department of Public Safety, a Walter Burlet Mitchell, also listed as 5-9 and with the same date of birth as the man in the Morgan Nick Alert, was sentenced to a 9-month sentence that began July 3, 2002, for a felony charge of Evading Arrest as well as a 180-day sentence for misdemeanor vehicle burglary. KAIT has not been able to confirm that the Walter Mitchell wanted in the Morgan Nick Alert is the same man listed in the Texas database.
A sobbing Greer just wants one thing: "Bring her home," she said. "(It would) be a lot easier on you if you just bring her back."
Mitchell is believed to have his father, Walter F. Mitchell, a white male, with him. The older Mitchell is 5'2", 300lbs, black hair and dark complexion.
Mitchell is not believed to be armed.