Bosque County, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — The Bosque County Sheriff’s Office announced on Saturday that the Amber alert issued after an 8-year-old girl was found alive had been cancelled.
At around 10:45 pm on September 24, the representatives responded to a report of two missing children at a residence in Walnut Springs, Texas.
According to reports, the children’s mother said that the two children, a 7-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, had disappeared and were suspected of being with their families-later identified as 34-year-old Randall Thurman.
The delegates soon discovered that Thurman was a registered sex offender and expanded the scope of the investigation.
BCSO immediately issued notice to all surrounding counties. Officials said that because Thurman had a residence in the area, Houston police were also contacted.
At around 1:40 am on Saturday, BCSO was informed that the boy had been found and detained at a convenience store on I-35 in Hill County.
Officials at the scene reported that the boy ran to a convenience store for help and tied his throat and arms with transparent packaging tape.
The boy told the responding representative that Thurman had taken the 8-year-old girl out of the car and wrapped him with tape before escaping with the 8-year-old girl. Soon, he was sent to a medical institution for treatment.
BCSO investigators then entered the young girl into the Amber alert system, which expanded the state-wide search.
At about 9:15 in the morning, officials said that a resident of Hill County saw Thurman’s car parked between several trees in his house and immediately contacted the Hill County Sheriff’s Office.
The HCSO representative tried to intercept the vehicle. Thurman then fled and pursued, heading north on FM 171 to Cleburne.
Just in Johnson County, delegates saw Thurman’s vehicle cross the center lane of the road and continue to drive at high speed toward oncoming traffic. The delegates believed that the exercise was deliberate.
At the intersection of FM 191 and Johnson County Road 302, Thurman collided with an oncoming car. After the collision, the police gathered on the vehicle to determine the condition of the people in the vehicle.
Officials said the driver of the second vehicle was fatally injured in the impact. Their identities were concealed at this time.
Police said Thurman was also killed in the car accident.
The 8-year-old girl was found in the front passenger seat of a vehicle operated by Thurman. Officials said that she was conscious and communicated with officials on the scene.
After being removed from the vehicle, she was placed on a CareFlight helicopter and sent to a medical institution for emergency treatment.
This investigation is ongoing.