Thursday, January 4, 2018

Update on Missing / Found Child Lexie

On January 3, 2018 at approximately 5:45 PM, the LCSO Communications Center received a report of a missing 10 year old child in the Bronson area.  Deputies responded to the scene on NE 86th Court and began searching for the child and conducting interviews of potential witnesses. 

LCSO is happy to report that on January 3, 2018, Lexie Bouthillier was located and returned to her home around 9 PM.  Lexie was located by Sgt. Lauree’ Allen and her K-9 Partner, Phoenix.  The investigation revealed that Lexie’s disappearance had not been caused by any criminal activity.  Lexie was found safe and sound and returned to her parents. 

LCSO was overwhelmed by calls to the Communications Center, social media messages, calls and text messages to LCSO personnel from the public seeking to assist in the investigation.  The goodwill expressed by citizens of Levy County during this incident was incredible.  The positive outcome resulted from teamwork by the law enforcement personnel and members of the community. 

Sheriff McCallum expressed his appreciation to everyone involved and especially to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.  The MCSO helicopter was en route to the area to assist in the search when Lexie was located. 

Sheriff McCallum also stated: “I want to thank the men and women of LCSO, other involved agencies and our community for working together to locate Lexie. I encourage all parents to be involved in your child’s daily life.  Knowing your child’s interests, friends and whereabouts can help prevent a tragedy.”

As always, LCSO encourages citizens to report any and ALL suspicious activity.  The best way to report is by calling the Communication Center at 352-486-5111 for routine calls and 911 for emergencies.  Please do not rely on social media (that is not continuously monitored) to report suspicious or criminal activity.  Thanks again!