UPDATE 12/22/2017- Help Find Missing 16 yr old LaTania "Janell" Carwell
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I grew up in Augusta, Ga born and raised. My family and friends still reside here. I have been in Atlanta Georgia 7 yrs now. Since Augusta is my hometown I stay on top of the news. Right now this story about a beautiful young girl name LaTania Carwell who is known as "Janell" is touching me. I want to share her story with hopes someone knows something and can reach out. First off lets start from the beginning.
April 21 Latania Janell Carwell, 16, and Leon Lamar Tripp, 38, were last seen on Monday around 1:30 a.m. at the 3100 block of Tate Road. Lamar is her step father. Both Leon and Janell were reported missing after not returning from a supposedly trip to help a friend with car trouble.
She told police.
"I heard the truck crank up and I heard the backdoor slam. I said what in the world is this man doing," said Tripp.
Tripp says she quickly called her husband. "He immediately answered and he said babe I'm sorry. I know what you are fixing to say. I have Janell. I said oh thank God," said Tripp. Leon told her he was taking Janell to help him fix a man named "Maurice's" car in Clarks Hill, GA.
Now this was at 1:30 am she allowed this man to take her daughter to help fix another mans car. Read on.
Mother on the news.
So a week goes by and iinvestigators say they have found the car he was driving not even a mile away from their home.
"When I heard the charges I'm like 'wow really?' Because this is her dad. I said this is her dad. Both of my kids. This is the only dad they've ever known," she told reporters.
Here comes the boom. Investigators have learned Tanya Faye Tripp yes the mom of Latania"Janell" Carwell, was in contact with Leon Tripp, the girl's stepfather. They say she had recently moved from her residence in Augusta to the metro Atlanta area to be with Leon Tripp.
Augusta investigators along with the Atlanta Police Department were able to locate Tanya Tripp and she has been arrested for Hindering the criminal. Wow right?