Kidnapped Child Found - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Kidnapped Child Found

FBI Investigators both here and in Houston, Texas are praising the public and the hard working police agencies on the coast for the safe return of 22-month old Emily Ellen Propps. You'll remember Emily was kidnapped from the Gulf Islands National Seashore Tuesday evening. FBI officials and Ocean Springs Police are crediting tips from the public for actually solving this case.

It seems a truck driver from Gulfport who had heard about the kidnapping was traveling through Texas and spotted the suspects and the little girl at a truck stop in Harris County, just east of Houston. He called the tip in to authorities and within hours, around 5:30 Friday evening, the suspects were taken into custody without incident and little Emily was found safe. Matteo Valles is heading up local FBI efforts and told WLOX that initial reports from Houston are that there aren't any obvious signs of abuse and that the 22-month old child is safe.

As for the suspects, Brian and Ulanda McCulley, they are in custody and being questioned by the FBI in Houston and will remain in the Harris County Detention Facility. They're being charged with kidnapping in Mississippi. So far, only state charges have been filed and further federal charges could also be filed.

Both Matteo Valles and Captain Louie Miller of the Ocean Springs Police Department say the girl's safe return is due to the information they had early in this case. The suspects were found in the same car they were using here on the coast and no word yet on why they took the girl.

Click on the links below to read previous stories about the search for the child.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Woman says deputies lied to get a warrant, then sexually assaulted her

    Woman says deputies lied to get a warrant, then sexually assaulted her

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:50:48 GMT

    A Catawba County woman says she has been the victim of harassment from the county’s sheriff’s office, who, records show, have executed multiple search warrants at her home in less than a year.  

    More >>

    A Catawba County woman says she has been the victim of harassment from the county’s sheriff’s office, who, records show, have executed multiple search warrants at her home in less than a year.  

    More >>
  • Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas

    Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas

    Monday, April 23 2018 2:18 PM EDT2018-04-23 18:18:31 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:52 AM EDT2018-04-24 15:52:30 GMT
    The Brownsville Herald reports Gilberto Escamilla told the court the fajita scheme spun out of control. (Source: gaudiikari/Wikicommons)The Brownsville Herald reports Gilberto Escamilla told the court the fajita scheme spun out of control. (Source: gaudiikari/Wikicommons)

    A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.

    More >>

    A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.

    More >>
  • Toronto driver charged with 10 counts of 1st degree murder

    Toronto driver charged with 10 counts of 1st degree murder

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:25:49 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:30 PM EDT2018-04-24 16:30:17 GMT
    (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...(Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what...

    More >>

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly