HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — An Amber Alert has been issued for a missing Hampton infant. Police believe the baby girl and her mother may have been abducted and are in danger.
Virginia State Police issued the Amber Alert for eight-month-old Chloe Johnson on Thursday night.
Chloe and her mother, 34-year-old Keir Johnson, were reported missing last week. Hampton police say the two were last seen Sunday, April 30 in the 1900 block of Hastings Drive. Johnson was heading to Buckroe Beach to take her daughter for a walk. No one has seen or heard from Keir since, which is unusual, according to her family.
“Keir and Chloe’s family are concerned due to the length of time that has passed since they last had contact with them,” Hampton police said in a statement issued Thursday. “It is out of the norm for Keir to be gone for an extended amount of time and to not make contact with family or friends.”
During a Friday news conference, Chief Terry Sult explained why the Amber Alert wasn’t issued right away. He said the department was dealing with a missing person case at first and they did not have any immediate information indicating there was an abduction, which is required to issue an Amber Alert.
“When Keir and Chloe where reported missing there was very little evidence to suggest that there was an abduction at all,” Sult said.
In the Thursday statement, Hampton police said recent developments in the case led investigators to believe that Keir and Chloe were possibly abducted. Chief Sult said as soon as the new information arose, they got approval from the state to send out the Amber Alert.
Police won’t say why they now believe that, but investigators think Chloe and Keir are somewhere in the area.
The Amber Alert does not identify an abductor. Chief Sult explained that the department is not releasing any information about potential persons of interest or suspects at this time. He said investigators have worked tirelessly interviewing co-workers, friends and family, including the child’s father.
“Any tip that anyone gets, we are willing to run it down,” the police chief said.
Johnson was last seen driving a black 2013 Kia Optima with the Virginia license plate VAW2197.
The alert says Chloe is 2 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 20 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Police describe Keir Johnson as being 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tee-shirt and glasses.
Mother’s Day is Sunday and for Keir and Chloe’s family, things won’t be the same unless they get answers.
“I would appreciate it a lot if you all can bring my kids home, because I really want them home and I want them back,” said Keir Johnson’s mom, Rhonda Crews. “Anything you can do and help me, please do.”
If you see Chloe or Keir or know anything about their disappearance, call Hampton police immediately at 757-727-6505 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.
WATCH: Police Chief Terry Sult held a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss the case of Chloe and Keir Johnson. WAVY App users can tune in here.
To read the full transcript of Chief Sult’s news conference, click here.