UPDATE: For the first time in 11 days Skyla Wilson will sleep in her own bed. The two year old arrived home safe Friday morning from Colorado. Skyla was last seen August 5 after investigators say her father never returned her to her grandmother who has legal custody.
After nearly 2 weeks Skyla is reunited with her family. They're thankful for the community and multiple agencies that helped bring their little girl home.
“She's home safe and I thank the lord for that,” said Skyla’s paternal grandmother Clara Hanacek.
It is all smiles for the Wilson family as two year old Skyla Wilson is finally back in her nana's arms. “Didn't meet a stranger in the airport, made friends with the little ones, she was quite for the baby's sleeping, and loud for people awake.”
Skyla and her non-custodial father, Michael Wilson, were found in Grand Junction Colorado 11 days after an Endangered Child Alert was issued for Skyla. “We received an anonymous tip. A multi-agency traffic stop and lead to the location of Michael Wilson and Skyla Wilson inside that car,” said James Bradford with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff's department credits a nationwide search for the toddler and detectives who never gave up. “Worked closely, talking all hours of the night, working together. Team effort,” said Detective Dwayne Scoggins.
Skyla's family spent the last two weeks handing out flyers to truck drivers- hoping they would spot the car Wilson was driving. “That one person that saw it and turned that tip in. They don't know how much that means to me,” said Hanacek.
For them life can now return to normal. “I can finally sleep, we went to Steak and Shake and ate and enjoyed it. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”
As for Michael Wilson it is still not clear why he took Skyla to Colorado. “I don't think he knows anybody there, but I don't know I guess we will have to wait on him to tell that story.”
A happy ending to a many sleepless nights for the Wilson family. “Special place in my heart. I couldn't have done it without them. Skyla wouldn't be home without them.”
Michael Wilson remains in Colorado waiting to be extradited back to Tennessee. Michael Wilson’s charges have been upgraded from custodial interference to aggravated kidnapping.
Detectives with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office expects Wilson to be back in Tennessee in the next few weeks.
PREVIOUS STORY: With cameras rolling and lights blazing, two-year-old Skyla Wilson charmed those watching the live stream. The toddler, held by her grandmother, Clara Hanacek, toyed with microphones while Hanaceck spoke to the media.
Hanceck and Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson explained how Colorado police were able to spot and stop Michael Wilson .
The plane carrying Skyla Wilson and her family home to Chattanooga was delayed.
The toddler and her relatives are traveling home from Grand Junction, Colorado where Skyla was found Wednesday with her non-custodial father, Michael Wilson.
Skyla was last seen August 5 after investigators say her father failed to return the child to her grandmother who has legal custody.
Michael Wilson was taken into police custody without incident.
Skyla and her grandmother were scheduled to land in Chattanooga Thursday night, however, their flight was delayed.
The family is now expected to arrive home Friday morning at 10.
Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.
PREVIOUS STORY: A license plate camera reader in De Beque, Colorado spotted Michael Wilson’s vehicle Wednesday night outside of Grand Junction, Colorado.
Police Chief, Deb Funston with the Palisade Police Department tells Channel 3 that Wilson’s vehicle went through a plate reader westbound on I-70.
The Amber Alert system flagged the sighting and notified dispatchers.
Chief Funston said officers responded and called Mesa County Sheriff Deputies and Grand Junction Police for assistance.
Authorities say Wilson exited the Interstate and was apprehended without incident.
Skyla Wilson was turned over to the Department Of Human Services before being re-united with her grandmother Thursday afternoon.
They'll return to Bradley County later tonight.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: Skyla Wilson and her grandmother, along with Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson traveled to Colorado to retrieve young Skyla and will return to Cleveland Thursday night.
Skyla Wilson, the Bradley County toddler at the center of an endangered child alert, was found safe.
The Bradley County Sheriff's Office says the two-year-old has been found along with her non-custodial father Michael Wilson.
At approximately 9:30 Wednesday night a multi-agency traffic stop in Colorado led to the recovery of endangered child Skyla Wilson who was with her non-custodial father Michael Wilson.
Skyla Wilson is safe and appears to be unharmed, while Michael Wilson has been taken into custody. Michael Wilson has an outstanding warrant for "Custodial Interference" in which investigators will seek to change the charge to "Aggravated Kidnapping".
The Grand Junction Colorado Police Department is the investigative agency and has been working closely with our investigators.
PREVIOUS STORY: Investigators with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office believe that Michael Steven Wilson is traveling to the Mexican border with Skyla L. Wilson.
Police say that Wilson is traveling to the Mexico border in an attempt to abscond with the two-year-old.
The public’s assistance is needed to help locate the last vehicle he was seen driving, a 2014 KIA SOUL, which was on August 5, 2016 in the state of Louisiana. This vehicle was last seen traveling westbound on I-20 headed towards the state of Texas.
Any information regarding the location of Michael Steven Wilson or the endangered child should be immediately reported to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 1-800-TBI-FIND.
PREVIOUS STORY: Bradley County Sheriff's Office investigators believe that Michael Steven Watson, Skyla L. Wilson's non-custodial father, is possibly traveling with the endangered child to beach towns in Florida or South Carolina. Specifically, Myrtle Beach, SC, Fernandina Beach, FL, or Orlando.
Wilson's 2014 Kia Soul was last seen on, Friday August 5th in Calhoun, Georgia at a truck stop's ATM.
Bradley County ask if people have any information regarding the location of Michael Steven Wilson or the endangered child should be immediately reported to local law enforcement and/ or a TIPLINE set up by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, 423-728-7337.
PREVIOUS STORY: Skyla Wilson's mother is asking for her two-year-old child's safe return.
Stephanie Lashay Wilson spoke with Channel 3 Tuesday, and fears that Skyla's non-custodial father, Michael Steven Wilson, may be dangerous and has made threats before. She believes that Wilson's motive may have been custody-related and says he was about to lose visitation right to see his daughter..
Skyla has been in the custody of her grandmother, Clara Lynn Hanecek.
Saturday, January 20 2018 9:37 AM EST2018-01-20 14:37:09 GMT
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