Statements from the Sheriff on missing 2 year old Myra Lewis:
Note that Gregory Lewis is speaking to media, off camera, but media is not reporting quotes, which leaves us to their interpretation. Bold Type is used for analysis and commentary on the article.
"We have kind of regrouped, we have come up with new leads, new strategies, and things that we're going to be looking at this week."
Madison County sheriff Randy Tucker says they're following any and all leads.
"I don't care what it is. If there's a possibility it's going to help find Myra, that's what I'm going to do." says Tucker
Sheriff Tucker was asked if the parents are the target of the investigation:
He avoided the "yes or no" question with this answer:
"I don't have any specific suspects at this time. We're still treating this as a missing child, we still need to find her."
Myra's father, Gregory Lewis tells us off camera, he and his wife, and other family members have taken polygraph tests.
We asked the sheriff about the results.
Note that they did not use a quote. Also, did they ask Gregory Lewis about the results? If they would give us the actual quotes of Gregory Lewis, much more information would be known.
"I'm not going to get into any investigative techniques that have taken place." says Tucker
He confirmed that polygraphs were administered.
Friday, authorities took an SUV from the family's home to see if there was a connection to Myra's disappearance.
"One of the scenarios is Myra may have been run over by the truck." Tucker tells us that is under investigation.
Note "the" truck, and not "a truck", which specifies which truck. Is this how Gregory Lewis did his own searching, for the timespan of at least 4 hours?
Myra's mother, Ericka Lewis was arrested last week on an unrelated probation violation. She is charged with being a felon in possession of a concealed weapon.
Sheriff Tucker says Lewis is on probation for welfare fraud.
Lewis' family questions the timing of her arrest.
"They should have waited because that even took their mind off Myra for a moment." says Martha Samders, Ericka Lewis' mother
Note that the family member recognizes the issue of timing.
Sheriff Tucker says the Department of Human Services became involved after Lewis was arrested.
This is standard protocol in the United States. When a child goes missing under adult care, the other children are considered in possible jeopardy due to neglect. This is why the public questioned DHHS lack of involvement in the case of Baby Ayla; specifically, given the evidence, how was it that the other two mothers in the home when Ayla went missing were able to retain custody of their children? Had those children been removed due to the lying of the two mothers, we may have had Ayla's plight given up.
Family members say Lewis' other children are in their care while she remains behind bars.
"They can pressure Erica, but she'll never give in. She'll never give in because she didn't do anything." says Sanders.
Note: to "give in" indicates that there is something to withhold.