Fmr. FBI agent casts doubt on story of woman who was allegedly abducted: ‘Fantasy’

A former FBI Special Agent is calling B.S. on Carlee Russell’s claim that she was abducted and forced into the trailer of an 18-wheeler after she stopped on an Alabama interstate for an abandoned toddler.

“The whole thing doesn’t make sense,” Jonathan Gilliam told Fox News Digital. “It almost sounds like a fantasy in her own mind.”

As BizPac Review previously reported, Russell, a 25-year-old nursing student and spa employee, went missing for roughly two days last week after she called 911 to report seeing a toddler walking along the highway alone.

The story quickly went viral.

In a press conference, Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis played Russell’s call to 911.

(Video: YouTube)

“Hi,” she told the dispatcher, “I’m on Interstate 459, and there is a kid that’s walking by theirself.”

The toddler, she said, was “maybe like three or four” and was walking southbound “towards Tuscaloosa.”

After speaking with the 911 operator, Derzis said she called a relative.

Russell’s mother called 911 and told the operator that the relative “heard Carlee scream and then they had an open phone line,” according to the chief.

After her reappearance, Russell claimed in her police statement that a man forced her into a car “and the next thing she remembers is being in the trailer of an 18-wheeler.”

“She stated the male was with a female, however, she never saw the female, only hearing her voice,” Derzis said. “She also told detectives she could hear a baby crying.”

Russell said she escaped once, but was recaptured and put in a car.

“She claimed she was then blindfolded but was not tied up because the captor said they did not want to leave impressions on her wrists,” Derzis continued. “She said that they took her into a house and made her get undressed. She believes they took pictures of her, but she did not remember them having any physical or sexual contact.”

When she woke up the following day, her female captor allegedly “fed her cheese crackers” and “played with her hair.”

Russell claimed she couldn’t remember anything else. Detectives noted that she had a “small injury to her lip” and “claimed that her head was hurting.”

She reportedly had $107 tucked into her right sock when she was interviewed by the police.

“Why would they care if there were marks on her wrists? Why would that be an issue for them?”  Gilliam asked Fox News Digital. “I mean, if you’re going to abduct somebody — I mean, it’s going to be known that they were abducted. So why would you worry about the marks on her wrist? That doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Adding to the already sensational story, Russell was seen on a surveillance camera lifting a “dark-colored bathrobe, a roll of toilet paper” and other items belonging to her employer, the Woodhouse Spa Birmingham, on July 13 prior to making her 911 call, according to Derzis.

While it is unclear at this time what if any legal repercussions Russell might face for allegedly fabricating the harrowing story, the Woodhouse Spa acted swiftly.

According to the Daily Mail, the would-be victim was fired on Friday.

Melissa Fine


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