Statewide Amber Alert Issued for 9-Year Old Columbus Boy

An Amber Alert has been issued by the Columbus Police Dept statewide.

Be on the lookout for an abducted child. 

On September 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM, child was taken by non-custodial mother.

The incident took place in Franklin County, OH on 346 Carrington Ridge Drive in the city of Lewis Center 43035.

The child's name is Eli Opembe and the individual is missing. 

The child is a Black male, age 9, is 410 tall, weighs 35, and has black hair and brown eyes. 

Last seen wearing unknown clothing.

The suspect's name is Verona Thomas. 

The suspect is a Black female, age 38, is 510 tall, and has brown eyes. 

Last seen wearing unknown clothing description.

The vehicle involved is a blue 2010 Nissan Altima with CT plate number AB68371. 

Call or dial 911 if you see the child, the suspect or the vehicle. 

You can also call 1-877-AMBER-OH (1-877-262-3764) or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

To view photographs, visit the Ohio Amber Alert website at:

**Photos of the boy and his mother are not available at this time.**

Keith and Tony


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