Sketch released of suspect in case of missing 4-year-old

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Charleston County authorities released a sketch of a person of interest in the disappearance of a 4-year-old girl on Johns Island.

Heidi Renae Todd disappeared just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police released the sketch at a 4 p.m. news conference on February 14.

Police officers, firefighters, the Coast Guard, and other rescue units launched a search near her home on Sweetleaf Lane. At one point, officers went door-to-door, knocking at neighboring homes in an attempt to find the girl.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg told News 2 that Heidi’s mother was “brutally beaten” and is hospitalized. Interim Police Chief Jerome Taylor said an “unwelcome guest” was at the Todd home, but couldn’t characterize the incident as a burglary.

Taylor said investigators are trying to “unravel . . . the motive.”

Officers say Heidi maybe with a Hispanic male ranging in age from 25-30.

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to finding Todd. “A private citizen, who wants to remain anonymous, has made a $10,000 donation in addition to the original amount of the $10,000 reward offered by the FBI,” according to police spokesman Charles Francis.

Charleston police have set up a 24-hour tip line for citizens to report any information about this case.  Please call (843) 619-6123 if you know anything about Heidi Todd’s disappearance.

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