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A case that seemed to have a conclusion following a homecoming continues to grow as more questions and accusations are raised against Carlee Russell. Russell is a 25-year old nursing student who went missing for a total of 49 hours. Russell went missing following a phone call made to local police reporting a toddler in a diaper walking barefoot along the highway.
Russell’s boyfriend has spoken out against rumors and allegations amidst the ongoing investigation. Thomar Latrell Simmons is dating Russell and spoke with The New York Post where he spoke about suspicions regarding the incident.
“The only thing I can say is, I want everyone to stop bullying her. I know what it seems like what she did. Just stop bullying on social media,” Simmons told the outlet.
“Think about her mental health. She doesn’t deserve that,” he added. “She doesn’t. Nobody deserves to be cyberbullied.”
One outspoken critic of the case’s authenticity is Hoover police chief Nick Derzis who held a press conference where he expressed his concerns and questions. Police alledge that leading up to her disappearance Rusell had been searching items such as Ambler Alerts, how to steal money from a cash register, as well as a one-way bus ticket for the day she vanished.
Simmons has previously called for the public to respect his girlfriend’s privacy in a since-deleted Instagram post. Simmons spoke to those who were spreading allegations or speculation about the case. “She was literally fighting for her life for 48 hours, so until she’s physically & mentally stable again she is not able to give any updates or whereabouts on her kidnapper at this very moment,” Simmons defended Rusell in his caption.
“I also want to thank the people on social media who [have] been understanding & respectful about what she’s been through in these past few days. Once again I can’t thank you guys enough for helping us bring Carlee home! God bless you all ❤️🙏🏾 #carleefound #carleerussell,” Simmons concluded.