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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations is looking for a Tennessee girl Zella Linklater who went missing on Thanksgiving.
#UPDATE: Belinda Wilson, the grandmother of Zella Linklater, will be charged with child neglect/endangerment & custodial interference. ENDANGERED CHILD ALERT out of Greene County in effect amid search for Zella & Wilson. Wilson reportedly seen yesterday carrying Zella into woods. https://t.co/LxwIepHrEe
— Josh Breslow (@JoshBreslowWKRN) November 27, 2020
Zella Linklater Age
NBC 5 reports that 3-year-old Zella Linklater was last seen on Thursday afternoon in Chuckey, Greene County, near Bumblebee Lane. Police say the child’s mother saw her in a car with grandmother Melinda Wilson when she was missing.
Wesley Holt, Greene County Sheriff, said the grandmother suddenly stopped when Zella’s mother tried to follow them, then grabbed the child by the hand and disappeared into the woods. Police said the forest area was extremely remote and feared the couple could be in cold weather.
The Greenville Sun reports that before Zella’s disappearance, her mother went to Wilson’s house and tried to look for her, but Wilson refused to return the child. Then Wilson would have left with Zella in his car.
After being in the woods, Wilson Zella’s mother wrote, “They went for a walk and didn’t want to be disturbed.”
Drones, K-9 units, and a TBI plane with “thermal imaging” scanned the wooded area looking for the pair, but could not find them. The Greeneville-Greene County rescue team helped find it.
Holt stated that Wilson was concerned about COVID-19. The child’s mother had recently married and Wilson had taken care of Zella during her mother’s honeymoon. Holt added that he did not believe that the grandmother would harm the girl.
Zella was last seen in snowshoes and a red dress. She is 3 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 50 pounds. She has blue eyes and blonde hair.