PERRY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman wanted for kidnapping her 6-month-old baby is behind bars thanks to a tip and Facebook.
Elizabeth Storey was wanted out of Kentucky, but found in Tennessee by the Perry County Sheriff Department.
Sheriff Nick Weems says Facebook was a crucial tool in capturing Storey.
He explained the investigation began with a tip from a man who had been communicating with Storey on Facebook.
“He didn’t have a lot of information to provide us with other than they had a chat on Facebook,” Weems said.
A deputy then began surfing the site for Storey. Not only did he find her profile, but he found out that she was wanted out of Kentucky for a list of charges, including kidnapping.
“She had kidnapped a child and they were looking for her,” he told News 2.
The tipster worked with police to locate Storey at a Lowellville home, but instead of meeting the man she had been communicating with, she met Perry County deputies.
“Officers surrounded her and took her into custody and took the infant into custody,” Sheriff Weems said.
Officers were able to rescue the 6-month-old baby safely.
“The baby seemed fine. It wasn’t the cleanest, but it seemed ok,” Weems said.
Deputy Cheryl Robertson cared for the infant overnight until the legal guardians arrived.
“The way my officers acted and reacted to this situation was top of the line,” Weems said.
This isn’t the only time Facebook has helped this agency fight crime.
Sheriff Weems told News 2 his deputies also used the social media site recently to catch a sexual predator.
“It is a good law enforcement tool, because we solve and we monitor, we solve lots of crimes based off of Facebook,” he said.
He says not only does the site help spread important messages to the community, but it often catches the bad guys.
Storey has since been taken to the Perry County jail and is charged with fugitive of justice.
She appeared in a Tennessee courtroom Thursday morning where she waived extradition back to Graves County, Kentucky.