Amber alert: Lansing toddlers, 3, missing after 2 women killed, hunt on for suspects
Police believe that the two missing toddlers are with the suspects who shot the women and are on the run
LANSING, MICHIGAN: An Amber Alert has been issued for two missing Lansing children reportedly after two women were shot dead, and a six-year-old boy left injured, on the night of Thursday, September 16, in the 1200 block of West Michigan Avenue on Lansing's west. Following the incident, two three-year-old girls were found missing. Police are on the lookout for two suspects, Brion Reynolds, 23, and Gavin Anspach, 21, who are possibly driving a gray sport utility vehicle. The two men are believed to be armed and dangerous.
According to police, the accused and the victims were acquainted with each other, and the incident was "domestic-related". When police arrived at the scene a little after 5.30 pm on September 16, they found the two women, 24 and 46, dead with wounds inflicted by gunshots. The boy, who was also shot, was taken to the hospital and is currently in stable condition. Police believe that the two missing toddlers, Lilliana Reynolds and Zymani Reynolds, are with the accused men. Search is on for the missing girl.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the toddlers was asked to contact the Lansing Police Department at (517) 483-4600, Detective Sergeant Rick Thomas at (517) 483-6847, Crime Stoppers at (517) 483-7867. They can contact the Lansing Police Department Facebook page through a private message.
This incident comes shortly after a 6-year-old girl from Oahu, Hawaii, who was last seen in her bedroom by her adoptive parents, mysteriously disappeared. Isabella 'Ariel' Kalua, who stays with her adoptive family in Waimanalo, was last seen on Sunday, September 12, when her parents put her to bed. She was reported missing the following day.
Hundreds of volunteers have been involved in the search of the little girl, while Interim Police Chief Rade Vanic said on September 15 that the investigators have not yet determined whether the case can be considered an abduction, due to lack of sufficient evidence. "We are hoping she isn’t in immediate danger,” he said.
At the same time, the search is on for Gabby Petito, 22, from Long Island, who went missing during a road trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. Petito's mother, Nicole Schmidt, said that she set out on a tour of national parks in early July and was last heard from on August 25. The white van that the duo traveled in has been recovered from Brian Laundrie's home. However, Brian has added to the mystery of her disappearance by refusing to cooperate with the police and hiring an attorney. Brian continued to stonewall police until he broke his silence hours back, with his lawyer saying that Brian would “remain in the background”. Both of Petito's parents — mother Nicole Schmidt and father Joe Petito – are pleading for her safe return.