Suspects in connection to Amber Alert surrender in Hattiesburg

Suspects in connection to Amber Alert surrender in Hattiesburg
Crystal Simpson and Blakeley Cain with Broden Bilbo

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The suspects wanted in connection with the kidnapping of Broden Bilbo are in custody at the Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop J office in Hattiesburg.

Crystal Elizabeth Simpson, Bilbo’s mother, and Blakeley Danielle Cain, both turned themselves into Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.
Rigel confirmed that he had gotten a call as to their whereabouts and went and met them at a location in Hattiesburg. The pair turned themselves in without incident and Broden was turned over unharmed.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations issued the alert for Broden Liam Bilbo, 8, before noon on Wednesday. The alert was upgraded from endangered/missing due to the information that surfaced and the level of concern for the well-being of Bilbo.

Before that the 8-year-old was last seen Sunday, July 12, about 1:30 p.m., at the Exxon station at the intersection of Highways 51 & 48, in Magnolia, Mississippi.

According to Lamar County Superintendent Tess Smith, Simpson was previously employed by the Lamar County School District as a bus monitor and as an assistant teacher from 2011-2012.

According to Magnolia Police Chief Ray Reynolds, he sent investigators to Hattiesburg to pick up Cain and Simpson.

"They will be facing kidnapping charges, but other charges are pending at this time because the investigation is still ongoing," said Reynolds.