Amber alert over; Augusta police still searching for "people of interest"

Augusta Police searching for two men after alert.

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police still have a lot of unanswered questions about what happened to Lenore Wilson on Tuesday.

The 3-year-old had gone missing, and was believed to be with a woman who sometimes babysat her, Fatima Gissentaner - who goes by the name of China - and her boyfriend, known only as "Dollar."

The top priority today is finding China and Dollar, who are both from New York. Police believe they have left the state, but hope this message makes its way to them.

Right now no one is facing charges, police just want to hear the whole story.

"It was our understanding that the child was in the custody of Fatima, we had that conversation with her and she promised to bring her back and she didn't, so we're investigating that as what it is," said Augusta's Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills.

"Obviously the child was unharmed, she was brought back to us and her family in great condition so we're investigating it for what it is. Explain to us why that transaction didn't happen, why an amber alert had to go out, and we can go from there as far as whether charges are filed or not."

Tuesday's amber alert drew in help from the FBI, State Police, and the Computer Crimes Task Force.

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"There was conflicting information yesterday, some of it being that the child was safe, others saying the child was in danger. One of the triggers is that the child is in danger, so we erred on the side of caution in this case, taking some of the information we had at face value and asked to activate the amber alert."

Police say Lenore went missing around 7 o'clock Tuesday morning, when crews responded to her mother's house for a drug-related medical emergency. Officials are not elaborating on what that emergency was, but say the state will determine whether the child is safe to return home.

It wasn't until 5:30, ten hours after she'd been reported missing, that Lenore was brought into the station by a man who knows both the family and China.

Police aren't releasing any details though on how the man found her or who he is. All we know is that Lenore never left the state yesterday.
 
Deputy Chief Mills says they're still sifting through hundreds of tips, but need to speak with both China and Dollar.

 

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