Cars were seen lining up outside Carlee Russell’s Alabama home on Sunday, just one day after her 26th birthday.
There was no official word on why all the cars were at the home of the woman who has become a centerpiece in a missing person case that has captivated the nation.
A dozen cars lined up in the driveway and around the home, drawing the attention of police in Hoover, Alabama, who drove past the home as people came and went.
Police said Russell delayed further requests to interview her again about her alleged disappearance on July 13. Russell went missing after calling 911 to report a young child wandering along an Alabama highway.
That sparked a nationwide search for her that ended 49 hours later when she returned to her family home.
Authorities they say I have not found any evidence to corroborate the woman’s claims and are now looking into her story.
Cars piled up in the driveway of Russell’s home in Hoover, Alabama, on Sunday over his birthday weekend
Friends and family gathered at Russell’s Alabama home on Sunday, just one day after his 26th birthday.
Police in Hoover, Alabama, are investigating claims that Russell was abducted on July 13 and have said they have found no evidence to support those claims.
Russell has claimed that she she left work around 8:20 p.m. on July 13 before stopping to pick up food for herself and her mother.
He then traveled to Hoover and called 911 around 9:30 p.m. to report that the missing girl was wandering on the side of the Alabama interstate.
After calling 911, Russell reportedly called his sister-in-law to say he was going to check on the girl. Her relative lost contact with her around 9:36 pm, but the line remained open.
Responding officers located Russell’s abandoned car along with her cell phone, purse, wig and Apple Watch in the nearby area, but no sign of her or a child.
Hoover police later said they had not received any other missing child calls.
A witness reported possibly seeing a gray vehicle and a man standing outside Carlee’s vehicle, but police said they have no additional information.
After reappearing at her parents’ house two days later, Carlee told detectives that she was kidnapped by an orange-haired man who held her captive for two days.
He was then able to escape, Russell claims.
The nursing student is now said to be cooperating with authorities, but police said they found no evidence of a small child on the side of the road, nor of the kidnapping story she told them.
That has led some to accuse her of faking the entire test.
Russell was reported missing on July 13, after making a bizarre phone call to 911 in which she claimed to have found a young child on the side of a road.
People were seen going on and off the suburban property on Sunday. Russell returned home safely to the house on July 15, claiming that she was kidnapped.
Three Hoover Police Department cars also drove past the suburban family’s home, as officers continue to investigate Russell’s story.
An unidentified man is pictured outside the Hoover home of Carlee Russell on Sunday.
The nursing student told detectives that she was kidnapped by an orange-haired man who held her captive for two days. Friends and family are seen outside her suburban home on Sunday.
Authorities said Sunday that the more than $63,000 raised during the two-day search for Russell will not be returned.
Crime Stoppers initially said the money would be returned to the donors when Russell showed up at his parents’ house on July 15.
Now the organization has gone back on this promise because the investigation is “still ongoing.”
Crime Stoppers announced Sunday that it will not return the more than $63,000 raised during the two-day search for Russell.
“This investigation is still ongoing and accordingly there is no basis to refund any contributions at this time,” the organization wrote.
“Furthermore, the Hoover Police Department has not requested that donor contributions be released or refunded.”
The announcement served as a sharp turnaround from a statement issued by the agency’s chief executive, Bob Copus, just hours earlier, in which he said an unspecified number of donations had already been returned amid lingering doubts about the legitimacy of the case.
Other payments, he said, were in the process of being reimbursed, if that was what the individual donor requested.
Until Sunday, it was not clear how much of the money was actually returned.
DailyMail.com has contacted the Hoover Police Department for comment.
Russell disappeared from a highway, sparking a nationwide search for her, which ended days later when she returned home alone.
Russell’s boyfriend, Thomar Lattrel Simmons, who initially took to Facebook for help searching for the missing woman, appears to have grown estranged from his beloved.
Following a Hoover Police Department press conference on July 19, two days after the Crimestoppers announcements, Thomar removed all mention of Carlee from his Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Not only has she deleted her posts about her disappearance, but she has also deleted all the photos of her and them together.
On Saturday, Simmons called on people to “stop bullying” the nursing student.
‘All I can say is that I want everyone to stop bullying her. I know what it looks like what she did. She just stops bullying on social media,” her boyfriend Thomar Lattrel Simmons told the New York Post.
Think about your mental health. She doesn’t deserve that. she doesn’t. Nobody deserves to be cyberbullied,’ she added.
As for the rest of her family, including a sister-in-law who claimed Russell called her while he was chasing the neglected boy, they seemed to buy her story and repeat it on the TODAY show Monday after Carlee reappeared at her home with a split lip.
The 25-year-old was on the phone with her sister-in-law when she went to check on the boy before the family member heard a scream and lost contact.
On the show, his parents recalled how they found Harris in a “bad state.”
“She fought for her life,” said her father Carlos, BBVA bank’s vice president of underwriting, who also claimed she escaped her captors.
But police revealed that Russell researched the Liam Neeson film ‘Taken’ and whether he was too old for an Amber Alert, as well as looking for a one-way bus ticket to Nashville.
As of Sunday, the police investigation into the circumstances of Harris’ disappearance was still ongoing.
Filing a false police report in Alabama is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $6,000 fine.
Alabama attorney Eric Guster previously said he expects Carlee to be charged with filing a false police report, but says police are likely waiting to complete their investigation first.
‘They cannot force her to testify or testify. What I think will happen is that Hoover will continue to investigate this case.
“I expect Carlee to be charged at some point, at the very least, for making a false statement. But they have to make sure they finish the full investigation,” she said.