However, authorities were not able to verify her story and found that she had Googled terms related to abduction before her disappearance.
During the two days leading up to her vanishing, she searched the terms “do you have to pay for an amber alert or search,” “how to take money from a register without being caught,” “Birmingham bus station,” “one way bus ticket from Birmingham to Nashville” and the Liam Neeson film Taken, according to police.
“There were other searches on Carlee’s phone that appear to shed some light on her mindset,” Derzis also noted, “but out of respect for her privacy, we will not be releasing the content of those searches at this time.”
More recently, her boyfriend Thomar Latrell Simmons spoke out to ask that people “think about her mental health” and keep comments to themselves.
“The only thing I can say is, I want everyone to stop bullying her,” he told The New York Post July 22. “I know what it seems like what she did. Just stop bullying on social media.”
Simmons added, “She doesn’t deserve that. She doesn’t. Nobody deserves to be cyberbullied.”