The search for a missing West Virginia baby who disappeared as a newborn is still active, police say.
Angel Nichole Overstreet was reported missing on May 25, 2021 in Huntington, West Virginia. However, police say the child’s whereabouts cannot be confirmed as of May 8, 2021, CBS 13 reports.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, investigators interviewed Angel’s father, Shannon Overstreet, 38, last year but did not arrest him in connection with his disappearance. The baby is said to have disappeared after social services attended her home for a custody dispute.
In June 2021, Overstreet was arrested on a malicious wounding and battery charge, stemming from a previous unrelated incident.
Overstreet reportedly told investigators that he turned the baby over to child protective services. Huntington Police Chief Ray Cornwell told a 2021 news conference that social services said the baby was not in their custody.
“Mr. Overstreet was located here in Huntington and arrived at police headquarters here on May 24,” Cornwell said.
“He had told CPS previously and our detectives that he relinquished custody of the child two weeks prior to West Virginia CPS. West Virginia Child Protective Services has no knowledge or record of any transfer of custody of this child.
The CPS reported Angel missing after investigating the custody battle originating in Kentucky involving Overstreet. Cellphone records indicated that Overstreet’s last known time of custody with the baby was in early May.
Detectives executed search warrants for Overstreet’s vehicle, his mother’s house in Huntington, West Virginia, and his residence in Kentucky. Investigators are in contact with the infant’s mother, who is not considered a suspect in her child’s disappearance.
Today, Angel would be one year old. Last month, the community held a vigil on its one-year anniversary in hopes of raising awareness.
“I just wanted to find a way to honor her today and only talk about her birthday,” Stacey Brumfield, who follows the case on social media, told Fox 11. “She should be home waddling around to open presents, and instead she disappeared and you hear nothing about it.
At the time of her disappearance, Angel was described as a white baby with blue eyes and dark red hair. She has a strawberry-shaped birthmark on the back of her neck.
The Huntington Police Department released a statement last month regarding the case.
“The Huntington Police Department would like to thank the public for their continued support in our investigation into the disappearance of Angel Nichole Overstreet, the baby missing since early May 2021.
For this investigation, we partnered not only with the public, but also with the Kentucky State Police; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Cabell County District Attorney’s Office; Olive Hill Volunteer Fire Department (KY); Carter County (KY) attorney Brian Hayes; David Castle, West Virginia State Police Crime Scene Response Team Coordinator; and the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center.
We also want to ensure that the public for our investigation remains active and ask anyone with knowledge of Angel Overstreet to contact the Huntington Police Department at 304-696-4420 or contact the HPD’s Anonymous Tip Line at 304 -696-4444.
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[Feature Photo: Angel Overstreet/Handout]