U.S – A Tennessee man suspected of killing his wife and running off with their young daughter was caught hundreds of miles away Thursday morning when a man listening to his car radio heard an Amber Alert for the missing girl and realized he was driving behind the suspect’s car, the authorities said.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added Tyler Ward Enix, 36, to its Top Ten Most Wanted list on Wednesday after his wife, Kimberly, was found dead in her Knoxville apartment by the police, who arrived to check on her after she failed to turn up for work. Neighbors said they had seen Mr. Enix drive away in her car shortly before the police discovered the body.
The authorities issued an Amber Alert for the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Brooklynne, that described the car Mr. Enix was seen driving. On Thursday, he was arrested in rural Morrow County, Ohio.
“A citizen had heard the Amber Alert on the radio and realized he was behind the vehicle referenced in the alert,” the bureau said in a statement. “The citizen called 911 and deputies with the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office responded and initiated a traffic stop.”
The statement said that Mr. Enix was arrested “without incident” and that the child was safe. The Knoxville Police Department said Mr. Enix was in an Ohio jail awaiting extradition to Tennessee, where he would be charged with first-degree murder.
The Amber Alerts program is a partnership overseen by the Department of Justice that brings together law enforcement, broadcasters, state transportation agencies and communications companies across the country to help locate children who are believed to be in imminent danger. The program says it has “helped save the lives” of 758 children in the United States, more than 90 percent of them since 2002.