Deputies: Indiana woman prompting Silver Alert and reportedly ‘pulled into woods’ by suspect is safe

Sommer Michelle Lee, photo courtesy Indiana State Police

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Sommer Michelle Lee, photo courtesy Indiana State Police

UPDATE @ 3:43 p.m.:

A Indiana woman who prompted a Silver Alert has been treated and released from the hospital after being pulled from a crashed vehicle and into the woods by a man police have now arrested.

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Sommer Lee, 30, of Richmond, was described as being “in extreme danger” when the alert was issued.

In Indiana, a Silver Alert can be issued for a missing endangered adult, missing endangered child, high risk missing person or have a mental impairment, officials said.

Officers were called to the 8000 block of Jennings Road Sunday around 8:45 p.m. after a caller spotted a crashed vehicle and tried to help the people inside.

“The caller reported that while trying to assist the occupants of the vehicle the male occupant...displayed a knife and threatened the caller,” Sheriff Randy Retter said in a prepared statement.

The man was later identified as Travis Lee, 38, of Richmond.

Police found Travis Lee around 11 a.m. in the 7900 block of Cart Road and was arrested after a running from officers.

Following the initial crash, officers from multiple departments helped search for the husband and wife.  Law enforcement used aircraft, a drone and K-9 units to help search for them throughout the night, Retter said.

Retter said officers eventually found Sommer Lee this morning at a house on Whitewater Road.  She was taken to the hospital and was treated and released.

Travis Lee is currently booked into the Wayne County Jail on charged of aggravated battery, criminal confinement, intimidation, strangulation and resisting law enforcement, Retter said.

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m.: 

A man who was believed to be with a woman previously described as “in extreme danger” has been taken into custody, Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter confirmed.

Travis Lee was located and taken into custody after an investigation on Whitewater Road north of Richmond, Retter said in an email. He is facing several charges but additional details were not immediately available.

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Earlier, a statewide Silver Alert was issued for Sommer Michelle Lee. She was located before 10 a.m. and transported to Reid Health in Richmond for evaluation, Retter said.

Additional details were expected to be released later this afternoon.

We’ll update this story as we learn more.

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Travis R. Lee, photo courtesy Indiana State Police.

Travis R. Lee, photo courtesy Indiana State Police.

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Travis R. Lee, photo courtesy Indiana State Police.

UPDATE @ 9:50 a.m.:

A missing Indiana woman that was the subject of a Silver Alert and considered to have been in extreme danger has been found.

Sommer Michelle Lee, 30, is being transported to Reid Health for an evaluation, said Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter.

No information on her condition was released.

Additional details about the person Sommer was believed to be with, Travis Lee, was not released.

An investigation involving deputies and state police was reported in in the Whitewater-area, north of Richmond, where the incident involving Sommer and Travis was first reported.

It was not known if the investigation near Whitewater was connected to the previous investigation.

We will continue to update this story as more information is available.

INITIAL REPORT:

A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing Richmond, Indiana, woman who is believed to be in extreme danger, according to Indiana State Police.

Sommer Michelle Lee, 30, was last seen Sunday around 8:46 p.m. and may need medical assistance.

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Sommer Lee is 5’2, about 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a white shirt.

Sommer Lee may be with Travis R. Lee, 38.

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He is 6’3, about 170 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on Sommer Lee should contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department at 765-973-9355 or call 911.

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