Carlee Russell mother Talithia Robinson Russell speaks out

The Hoover Police Department has released a new statement in the Carlee Russell investigation that includes a few new details about the case.

The statement comes hours after Carlee’s parents, Talitha Robinson-Russell and Carlos Russell, conducted an exclusive interview with NBC News on Tuesday (July 18).

In the newly-released statement, the Hoover Police Department filled in a couple of gaps in the timeline prior to Carlee Russell’s disappearance on Thursday.

Hoover police also offered a few more details about how Carlee got home and what happened afterward.

Read a few highlights from the police statement below.

Carlee Visited Target

After leaving The Colonnade, Carlee went to Target on Highway 280 and purchased some snack food type items.

These items were not located in the vehicle or with her cell phone and wig at the scene of her disappearance. 

No Sign Of A Toddler

The Hoover Police Department has not located any evidence of a toddler walking down the interstate, nor did we receive any additional calls about a toddler walking down the interstate, despite numerous vehicles passing through that area as depicted by the traffic camera surveillance video. 

Carlee Russell Walked Home

Detectives have obtained surveillance video from Carlee’s neighborhood which shows her walking down the sidewalk alone prior to her arrival at her residence. 

Emergency Response

Fire Department radio traffic obtained by several media outlets shows that medics were dispatched to her residence on an “unresponsive but breathing person.” 

When first responders arrived on the scene, they found Ms. Russell conscious and speaking and she was transported in that condition. She was later treated and released from a local hospital. 

Evidence Evaluation

Numerous evidentiary items are still being evaluated and those items are key in the process of determining exactly what took place in the approximately 49 hours Carlee Russell was missing, but also what took place prior to her disappearance.

Press Conference

The Hoover Police Department will release additional information during a press conference on Wednesday, July 19 at 2:30 p.m. central time. 

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