By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers
A missing 10-year-old Texhoma, Okla., girl was found safe Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to authorities who were still seeking her abductor.
Marissa Marie Graham was able to escape when her abductor stopped at the Allsup’s convenience store on Mabry Drive, according to Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair. Police said they received a 911 call from an Allsup’s convenience store in Clovis at 12:35 p.m.
“We received the 911 call from a local convenience store that a little girl was there that had been kidnapped out of Oklahoma. … And when the officers got there they verified who she was,” Blair said.
“What I do know is that the vehicle pulled over here in Clovis. She was able to get out of the vehicle and run to the convenience store. (She was able to get away of her own accord.) Right now we have her with one of our investigators and a victim’s advocate from the D.A.’s office.”
Blair said she asked for a hamburger, telling officers she hadn’t eaten since Thursday.
“She is doing very well — in good spirits. She is a very brave little girl with a lot of energy, very energetic little girl,” Blair told.
“Marissa was able to talk to her parents on the phone, and again, she’s a very brave little girl. The expression on her face — she had a smile from ear to ear.”
Graham escaped from a purple, four-door van or SUV, Blair said.
Area officers are searching for a white male between 35 and 40 years of age with facial hair, a pasty complexion and possible brown hair.
The suspect could be driving one of two vehicles, the purple van or SUV she escaped from or the white four-door car she was kidnapped in, a release from the police department said.
“We have two shifts out right now plus all the other agencies looking regionwide,” Blair said. “He’ll be located, he’ll be found, I have no doubts.”
Graham was reported abducted around 6:30 p.m. (CST) Thursday from Texhoma, Okla., where she was seen talking to a man in a white car near a park, according to an Amber Alert issued Friday.
Texhoma, a small town on the Texas-Oklahoma border with a population around 1,000, is about 200 miles from Clovis.
FBI agents trained to deal with abducted children were being sent from Albuquerque to Clovis, said Bill Elwell, a media representative for the FBI.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.