The FBI has entered an interstate investigation seeking the safe return of three children from Columbus who disappeared from their home the night of March 4 with their father.
Authorities say Eddie Harrington, 27, of 4625 Gardiner Drive, was last seen with the small children in Tennessee, but will not say where that occurred. One reported sighting was at a motel in Jackson, Tenn., in the west-central part of the state, some 70 miles northeast of Memphis. Tennessee authorities issued an Amber Alert after receiving numerous reports of sightings from Chattanooga to Jackson. That came a day after Columbus Police issued a Levi Call, Georgia's version of the Amber Alert for missing children, on March 5.
"We do believe it's very likely he is en route to Indianapolis, Ind.," said FBI Agent and spokesman Stephen Emmett from the Atlanta office. "We are working in information and the assumption that he still has the children.
"The primary purpose for us right now is for the appeal for him to safely return the children or turn them over to family or authorities. We consider this a very serious matter."
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Harrington's girlfriend and mother of the three young children, Agena Battle, reported she found her husband and the children gone when she returned home about 1 a.m. Wednesday, March 5. After finding a note in which she said Harrington stated he didn't want to go on living, she notified police.
He reportedly has family in Tennessee and family and friends in Indianapolis, where they lived before moving to Columbus, authorities said.
Harrington's green 2002 Chevrolet Impala with Indiana license plate No. 93-L4740 was missing when she arrived home, Battle said.
The children include son Cedric Harrington, 3, about 3 feet tall and 40 pounds; and twin 1-year-old daughters Aliyah and Agena Battle, each about 2 feet tall and about 25 pounds.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts should call Columbus Police at 706-653-3231.