BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Lowcountry investigators say they are looking to speak to a woman in connection with the kidnapping of a Johns Island child.
Officials with the Charleston Police Department said they want to speak to Sharon Hayden of Boiling Springs regarding the abduction of 4-year-old Heidi Todd who was eventually found safe in Alabama.
They believe Hayden may have information in the case.
According to investigators, Thomas Lawton Evans, the man accused of abducting Todd, was in possession of Hayden's car days before Todd's kidnapping.
However, Hayden's mother says her daughter is currently missing and doesn't believe that she had anything to do with Todd's abduction.
"I really didn't feel that she would be involved in what he did," said Sharon Jowers, Hayden's mother."I'm just worried about where she is and what he might have did with her since she's been missing."
Authorities released the Berkeley County 911 call involving a concerned citizen about a man later determined to be Evans and a suspicious vehicle, which belongs to Hayden, out near a road in St. Stephen on the morning of Feb. 11.
Deputies say Evans was driving with a suspended license when he ran out of gas.
Residents called deputies about the vehicle which was parked in the 1900 block of Mendel Rivers Road at approximately 8:09 a.m. on Feb. 11, according to an incident report.
The vehicle was a black Honda Civic registered to a woman in Boiling Springs, deputies say. Officers later discovered the vehicle belonged to Hayden.
Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Lt. Kevin Bobo said they conducted a welfare check on the woman who the car was registered to on the same morning Evans was seen in St. Stephen. The woman was not home, Bobo said.
Provided photos of the suspicious vehicle show a hammer in the passenger's seat with cigarette butts, an iPhone case and a bag of toiletries on the floorboard.
Below is a portion of the transcript of the 911 call in connection with the discovery of the car, it can also be listened to in the video player at the top of the page.
Woman: There is a young man out here, he says he ran out of gas. He's right down the road from my house. My husband tried to help him earlier this morning and he said somebody was coming to help him. Now he's out here just walking the property and told me he was looking for gas.
Dispatcher: Is he white, black or Hispanic?
Woman: He's white
Dispatcher: White male. And what's he wearing?
Woman: Jeans and a black shirt... black, like a t-shirt over the top of like a white one and a black knit cap.
Dispatcher: Have y'all seen his vehicle?
Woman: Yes, right in front of...
Dispatcher: I mean vehicle description
Woman: I could see it but I couldn't tell you what it is.
Dispatcher: Color or anything so we know what we're...?
Woman: Yeah, let me walk outside....
Dispatcher: It's a black car, I can't tell what kind.
The call ends as she tells the dispatcher that her husband went to church and they will get someone out there immediately.
Deputies say they ran Evans' information through dispatch but learned his license was suspended.
Evans told deputies he would have his brother come pick up the car.
Berkeley County Chief Deputy Mike Cochran said Evans was not arrested for driving under suspension because the law requires that deputies see him driving to make such an arrest.
After confirming his information was clear and that he had no stolen items in his possession, deputies allowed him to go, the report states.
Two days later, according to Charleston investigators, he assaulted a mother of five in her Johns Island home then abducted Todd. Todd was rescued the following day in Riverside, Alabama after railroad workers there reported a suspicious vehicle in the area.
Evans, who was arrested in Mississippi, is in the custody of US Marshals and is believed to be on the way back to South Carolina to face federal kidnapping charges. U.S. Marshals have not yet confirmed whether he is back in the state.
Federal investigators are also seeking out anyone who Evans may have been associated with before Feb. 13, the date he is accused of kidnapping Todd.
"A lot of blank spaces in the case," said FBI spokesman Don Wood.
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson maintains that the attack and subsequent kidnapping was completely random.