Sgt. Justin Bednar (Ret.) of Rensselaer, Indiana, sent out a note on Saturday afternoon that his 15 y/o sister had been abducted by her biological father, Michael (Mike) Humphrey, from their home in Tennessee.
Michaela Lynn Humphrey and her mother, Kim, spent the Christmas holiday in Indiana with Bednar and his family. At the time, nothing seemed out of place with Michaela and her mother.
After Christmas they returned to their home in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.
But after just two days in Tennessee, family circumstances required Michaela’s mother to make an emergency trip back to Indiana. This time she went alone.
It wasn’t until Mrs. Humphrey returned to Soddy Daisy on December 31, that she discovered Michaela and her husband were missing.
Although Mrs. Humphrey contacted the Soddy Daisy police immediately, she was told that due to parental/marriage laws in the state of Tennessee, no laws had been broken. A custodial parent taking a child was not illegal.
In desperation after several days of no help from the local police department, Mrs. Humphrey contacted the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department where they gave her a glimmer of hope, legally.
Mrs. Humphrey filed for and recieved Temporary Emergency Custody papers on Michaela.
Also, since Michaela did not return to her high school after the Christmas break she is now considered truant. Because of the truancy, there can be some legal intervention on that level.
Michaela is now officially listed on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Michaela has brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5’-6” tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.
Four or five days ago, Michaela’s Facebook page was removed from the internet.
Both cell phone numbers for Michaela and Mike have been disabled.
Mike Humphrey is approximately 5’-10” and weighs in the vicinity of 200 pounds. His age is mentioned at approximately 55.
After speaking with Bednar this morning, it was learned that Mike Humphrey officially retired as a police officer from the Tennessee Valley Authority on December 31. He was given a 33-week severance package in a lump sum.
Of note, prior to leaving the home in Soddy Daisy, Mike Humphrey removed items from the family’s home safe and also took his service weapon.
Mike Humphrey has family in the Denver. Colorado, area it is believed he might have driven in that direction. His vehicle is a 2004 Black Dodge Durango with Tennessee license plate # 632CNJ
If you or anyone you know has information regarding the disappearance of Michaela Lynn Humphrey, please contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee at 423-209-7001 or
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
PHONE: 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children http://www.ncmec.org/missingkids/servlet/PubCaseSearchServlet?act=viewChildDetail&caseNum=1162945&orgPrefix=NCMC&seqNum=1&caseLang=en_US&searchLang=en_US