Police say there is no evidence of abduction in the case of missing 2-year-old Caleigh Harrison, but in an exclusive interview with HLN’s Nancy Grace, Caleigh’s father revealed that the girl’s sister may have seen something suspicious.
Caleigh was last seen on a Rockport, Massachusetts beach on April 19, playing with her mother, her sister and their dog. Her mother told police she left her and her 4-year-old sister Elizabeth alone for about two minutes while she went to retrieve a ball that had gone over a wall, and when she returned, Caleigh was gone.
Police devoted a week to an extensive water search for the toddler utilizing divers and sonar equipment, but she was never found. Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio told HLN that while authorities cannot completely rule out abduction, they feel they have thoroughly investigated that possibility and found no signs of foul play.
The thoroughness of the search effort is exactly what makes Caleigh’s father, Anthony Harrison, suspect that his daughter was kidnapped. “It was a pretty big search and they had a lot of resources there, and I don’t think she’s in the water,” he said
Harrison told Nancy Grace Wednesday that, a few days after the disappearance, Elizabeth claimed that she had seen a mysterious man on the beach before Caleigh went missing. However, according to Harrison, the 4-year-old initially said she did not know what happened and she has since offered a couple of different versions of events.
“She mentions a man. It’s a little bit scattered because she is four years old, but she did after a while mention a man on the beach that took her sister,” Harrison said. “…It’s kind of hard to take a 4-year-old’s word for it, but we’re looking into it.”
According to Procopio, police have spoken to several witnesses who were on and around the beach that morning. None of them saw Caleigh go into the water, but they did not see anything indicating a kidnapping either.
Harrison said police are calling the case a “tragic accident,” but he and his family still think “there is a huge chance that Caleigh was abducted.”
While the search has been suspended at this point, Procopio said police are ready to put divers and boats back in the water or follow any leads if new information surfaces.