Mother of missing Mississippi toddler arrested on probation violation, search for Myra Lewis continues


CANTON, Mississippi (AP) — Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says his office is investigating numerous leads in the search for a 2-year-old girl missing for more than a week.

Tucker told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Sunday afternoon that there is no sign of Myra Lewis yet but his staff, working with the FBI and other agencies, is following leads as they develop.

The search for Myra began on Saturday afternoon, March 1, after she went missing from her home in rural Camden, Miss.

Tucker said he encourages anyone with any information about Myra Lewis to contact authorities.

Tucker also said the arrest of the girl’s mother, 35-year-old Ericka Lewis, on Friday on a probation violation was not connected to the disappearance. Tucker said she faced a warrant for a probation violation following a welfare fraud conviction. She also faced a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Online booking records indicated no bond had been set and there was no information available on whether she had an attorney.

“Nothing whatsoever,” Tucker said when asked if the charges had anything to do with Myra’s disappearance.

“At this point we’re starting to develop a lot of leads through the community that we’re following up on one by one,” Tucker said. “It’s a lot of footwork.”

The FBI began helping with the case early in the week. Tucker said the agency has provided manpower and equipment. “They have been really fantastic,” he said.