CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. -- Authorities across the Carolinas are looking for a 12-year-old.
Carteret County Sheriff's deputies say the girl was taken by 38-year-old Timothy Newman. Authorities say they were last seen on U.S. 17 southbound near the South Carolina state line and late Tuesday afternoon officials said the two may be in the Myrtle Beach area or somewhere along the South Carolina coast.
The girl has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing black Nike shoes and carrying a pink backpack with peace signs on the outside of it.
Investigators say the two are in a red 1998 Chrysler Sebring with North Carolina license tag: AKT – 6534.
That vehicle information was not included on North Carolina Department of Transportation public information signs over the interstates. Instead, the signs read 'Amber Alert: Call 511 for Info.'
According to guidelines posted by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety on its website, if vehicle information is available, it should be posted on the signs.
No one from the NCDPS or the N.C. Center for Missing Persons returned calls Tuesday from NewsChannel 36 about the signs. The Carteret County Sheriff's Department said it did not know why the vehicle information was not being displayed.
Interstate signs in South Carolina did include the vehicle description and tag number.
Officials said Newman "is known to be very knowledgeable of waterways along the east coast (his father was the captain of large vessels). There is a possibility he is hanging around marinas and could possibly be on a boat."
If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Carteret County Sheriff Office immediately at (252) 504-4800, or call 911.
WCNC.com is not releasing the name of the 12-year-old girl because she is an alleged victim of sexual abuse.