Missing Georgia teen found in Loudon County after Amber Alert

Skylee Morgan (TBI)

LOUDON, Tenn. (WATE) – A statewide Tennessee Amber Alert that originated in Georgia has been resolved after a suspect and the child were found after a police chase in Loudon County.

TBI says Skylee M. Morgan, 14, is safe. The suspect, Emily P. Sherer,  is in custody, as well as Arrow James-Sims Smith.

Shortly after the Amber Alert was issued, TBI said a driver on Interstate 75 near Lenoir City called law enforcement to say she thought she behind the vehicle identified in the Amber Alert. The blue Subaru matched the description of the vehicle in the Amber Alert.

“As the vehicle approached, Chief Davis reported that the complainant vehicle and the suspect vehicle were running together and we felt like those were the right vehicles,” Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider said.

The car was moving at a high speed and without a license plate.

“The suspects probably got the Amber Alert just when we did,” said Guider. “We felt like they probably pulled over somewhere and took the tag off because they were being looked for.”

The driver contacted Georgia authorities who alerted TBI. According to the incident report, troopers tried to stop Sherer, but she refused to pull over, which led to a short pursuit. Investigators chased the suspect onto Interstate 40 until she crashed the car into a field.

Skylee was in sitting in the back seat and Smith was sitting in the front passenger seat. Skylee had last been seen at the Baymont Inn in Calhoun, Georgia, around 11 p.m. Monday night, and was said to be in the company of Sherer. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said they believed she was in extreme danger.

“It couldn’t have happened at a better time,” Guider said. “The timing, the number of units we had at the right place, at the right time, it could have been a bad situation had it been rush hour and the daylight helped tremendously.”

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