On Tuesday, Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama started the procedure of repaying over $60,000 that had been collected in exchange for information leading to Carlee Russell’s safe return.
In the more than 48 hours Russell went missing before turning up at her parents’ Hoover home, approximately $63,378 was contributed.
Days after Russell went back to the house, Crime Stoppers announced that it would not be returning the money because the investigation was still underway at the time.
Bob Copus, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama, declared on Tuesday, “We are going to release all payments.” “We’re relying on what was said at the press conference for that.”
In a statement read publicly during a press conference held by Hoover police on Monday, Russell’s attorney, Emory Anthony, claimed neither being kidnapped nor ever seeing a little child traveling by themselves on Interstate 459 alone.