KNOXVILLE (WJHL/AP) – News Channel 11 has learned, 2-year-old Brooklynne Enix, the toddler at the center of a statewide Amber Alert is safe and her father. 36-year-old Tyler Ward Enix, is in custody.
Investigators found the child in Morrow County, OH.
No details have been released surrounding Enix’s captured. Knoxville police searched for Enix after finding Brooklynne’s mother, 36-year-old Kimberly Enix, dead and the little girl missing.
Police will charged Enix with murder.
Authorities told the media on Thursday that the couple were in the process of divorcing.
Please continue to follow this story for the latest developments.
The following is our previous story from WATE in Knoxville.
The man believed to have abducted his two-year-old daughter has been added to the state’s Top 10 Most Wanted List.
There is a $1,000 reward for the information leading to his arrest of Tyler Enix, 36. He is wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Knoxville Police Department for first-degree murder.
On Wednesday, his wife Kimberly Enix, 36, was found dead in her apartment.
Neighbors told law enforcement they saw Tyler driving away from the apartment in his wife’s car before she was discovered.
Their daughter, Brooklynne Enix, has been missing since the incident.
An Amber Alert was issued for the two-year-old girl.
Officers are asking for assistance locating Brooklynne. They say she has blonde hair is three feet tall and weighs 38 pounds.
Police were called to a home on Quiet Way in Fountain City to conduct a welfare check on a Kimberly, who didn’t show up to work. Officers entered the home and found Kimberly dead.
Brooklynne is believed to be with her father traveling in a 2011 black Chevrolet Impala with license plate G61-16U. Tyler Enix is 6-feet-2, about 205 pounds. He has blue eyes and is bald.
A supervisor with McDonald’s located off Walker Springs Road confirmed Tyler Enix worked there for about six months. He’s no longer employed there.
Brooklynne has not been seen since Monday. Police have charged Tyler Enix with first-degree murder, but he and the girl have not been located.
If you have seen the girl or her father, you are urged to call 911 or 1-800-TBI-FIND immediately.
A friend of suspect Tyler Enix is pleading for him to bring his daughter back safely.
“It’s a bad situation and we don’t want to make it worse than it already is. The most important person in this situation is the little girl,” said Derek Brewer.
Brewer went to Halls Middle and High School with Enix and described him as a normal guy who was funny. He even knows his family who owns a local jewelry store.
Police say Tyler Enix and Kimberly Enix were estranged.
“I sense maybe they had some kind of disagreement as far as fighting over the child and maybe that’s what this stems from,” said Brewer.
Brewer is a dad himself to an 11-year-old girl. He says he has a message for Enix.
“Just please bring your little girl to safety whether it’s a relative. Anything you got to do to get her to the right place, please, please, do,” said Brewer.
He even posted on Enix’s Facebook page.
“If I can do anything to help him or that little girl out, then that’s what I’m here for,” said Enix.
Another friend who worked with Enix at one point said he was nice and never had any problems with him. The friend said he also reached out to Enix on Facebook, but hasn’t heard back either.
Knoxville Police hold a press briefing urging Tyler Enix to bring Brooklynne to a safe place.