Girl Found Safe Following Amber Alert; Grandma In Custody

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A little girl was found Friday night safe and sound, several hours after an Amber Alert was issued.

Rylee Nicole Lewis was with her grandmother, who was considered a threat and wasn't supposed to have contact with her.

Rylee left Carlile Elementary School in Pueblo with her grandma Friday afternoon. The school is off Evans and Highway 96.

A couple of witnesses saw the two of them get into a cab at a Loaf 'n Jug in downtown Pueblo around 8 p.m. Police tracked down the cab company and eventually found Rylee with her grandma at a 7-Eleven. Joy Forsythe is now in custody and facing kidnapping charges.

Only 11 News talked to the mother and daughter who spotted them and called police.

"We pulled up to Loaf 'n Jug, and we saw a little girl and a woman getting into a car--in a taxi--and then my daughter thought she recognized the woman," said Annette Powers.

"I had looked at the Amber Alert earlier today because I didn't know what an Amber Alert was...when I read about them, I looked over and I was just looking at this woman and I was like, 'It has to be her, Mom, look,'" said Isabella Stewart.

Isabella is just 15 years old, and now she's being hailed a hero.

"I'm very proud of her," said Powers. "I'm so glad we could help get this little girl home."

"This is just crazy, I'm really shocked," said Isabella.

"I'm just really proud of her and I want everyone to know that anyone can help because my son also recognized the little girl after we doesn't have to be an adult, it can be a child, it can be anybody, and the Amber Alerts save lives," said Powers.

Watch the video above to see the interview.

Witnesses tell 11 News police swarmed the 7-Eleven parking lot when they arrested the grandma. They also tell us the girl looked like she was in good health and was okay.

We are all wondering how the little girl ended up with her grandma. The school district tells 11 News Forsythe picked up Rylee from school early for a doctor's appointment. School officials tell 11 News she was on the list of approved guardians to leave with.

We want to thank our viewers for sharing the picture of the Amber Alert on our 11 News Facebook page, which helped get the word out to bring this little girl home safe. It has more than 5,000 shares.

We also sent out a text alert. To sign up, just text the word "ALERTS" to 8931. We also shared it on our 11 News app. To download it now for free, search 11 News in your App Store on your smartphone or tablet.


PREVIOUS, 9/11 6:56 p.m. Rylee Nicole Lewis was last seen Friday at Carlisle Elementary School in Pueblo. She was wearing a navy blue shirt and navy blue pants. She has long dark hair.

She was picked up from school by her grandmother Joy Forsythe. She is known to be a danger to herself and others. She isn't allowed to have contact with her grand daughter Rylee. There was a family incident earlier this week and because of it police believe Rylee is in danger.

Forsythe, 57, was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans and brown slippers. She used oxygen all the time. She is 5'04" with brown hair and brown eyes.

She drives a silver 1995 Chevrolet Lumina with Colorado plates 014-QWZ. Call 911 if you see them.