Crime

Amber Alert: DPS believes East Texas children abducted and in grave danger

CHEROKEE COUNTY — The DPS is searching for a man and two children following an Amber Alert Tuesday morning.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is searching for 10-year-old Ashlynn Wells, 11-year-old Desmond Wells, and Jesse Ray Schmidt, 32, suspected in their abduction. The children were last seen at about 1:15 p.m. Monday in the 11200 block of U.S. 84 West, on the east side of Rusk.

Ashlynn Wells

White, 10-year-old girl

5’2″

109 pounds

Blonde hair

Blue eyes

Last seen wearing a peach T-shirt, peach shorts, gray/pink Nike shoes

She has dimples, a scar on her right ring finger, and a black birthmark on her left thigh

Desmond Wells III

White, 11-year-old boy

5’5″

154 pounds

Blonde hair

Blue eyes

Last seen wearing a blue/black T-shirt, gray shorts, Wolverine hiking boots

Has a scar on his left shin

Schmidt is white, with brown hair and hazel eyes, 5 ’10” and weighs 160 pounds. He was last seen driving a black 2012 Honda Civic with Texas license plate number BNX6155 in the Rusk area south of Tyler.

Officials believe the children are in “grave or immediate danger.”

Anyone with information about them should call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 903-683-2271.

Written by FDM/FOX4

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