Police say 10-year-old Marissa Marie Graham called 911 from the Allsup’s on Mabry Drive in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLislie)
By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer
A missing 10-year-old Texhoma, Okla., girl was found safe Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to authorities who were still seeking her abductor.
Marissa Marie Graham was able to escape when her abductor stopped at the Allsup’s convenience store on Mabry Drive, according to Oklahoma Amber Alert coordinator Gene Thaxton. Police said they received a 911 call from an Allsup’s convenience store in Clovis at 12:35 p.m.
“She took the opportunity to bolt from the car and into the convenience store and identify herself as the girl everyone was looking for and give the telephone number for the Texhoma Police Department,” Thaxton said.
Clovis police said the girl was safe and in police care Friday afternoon.
Marissa escaped from a purple, four door van or SUV, according to a Clovis Police Department news release.
Area officers are searching for a white male between 35 and 40 years of age with facial hair, a pasty complexion and possible brown hair.
The suspect could be driving one of two vehicles, the purple van or SUV she escaped from or the white four-door car she was kidnapped in, the release said.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local authorities, according to the CPD press release.
Marissa was reported abducted around 6:30 p.m. Thursday from Texhoma, Okla., where she was seen talking to a man in a white car near a park, according to an Amber Alert issued Friday.
Texhoma, a small town on the Texas-Oklahoma border with a population around 1,000, is about 200 miles from Clovis.
FBI agents trained to deal with abducted children were being sent from Albuquerque to Clovis, said Bill Elwell, a media representative for the FBI.
Marissa’s parents were not expected to travel to Clovis on Friday due to an impending snowstorm, said Mike Boring, the district attorney for Texas County, where Texhoma is located.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.