Most people in the metro area remember this day eight years ago when 2-year-old Myra went missing from her Camden home in Madison County. From everything her family said, it was like she was there one minute, gone the next.
“The community really came together. It was something to see,” said Sheriff Randy Tucker. “But it was pretty readily apparent pretty quickly that we were in trouble as far as looking for Myra.”
Now in 2022, Myra would be 10 years old. The toddler we all think of from her toothy grin shown in the pictures put out at the time of her disappearance would probably be in fifth grade, learning about the world, starting to notice boys, and she might have her own social media. At this point, though, social media is where she lives on.
“This is the prototypical whodunit,” Tucker said, “We’re no closer today than we were that day.”
Hers is the longest active Amber Alert in the state of Mississippi. A $20,000 reward still stands for anyone who can offer information successfully leading to her return. Not that it makes sense now, but the “missing” posters stand frozen in time describing the toddler that is, or would now be 10. Baby Myra was last seen wearing a turquoise sweater with a bear on the front, off-white or khaki pants, and pink tennis shoes.
Lewis was allegedly last seen by her mother, Ericka Lewis, at their home on Mount Pilgrim Road. Ericka Lewis said Myra and her sister were outside playing as she left to go shopping. Lewis said she told them to go inside, where Gregory Lewis, Ericka’s husband, was playing video games and looking after their 1-month-old.
Gregory Lewis told reporters at the time that he had set out to look for Myra on his ATV and that he had tried to track her with the family dogs. Once the family dogs, who were not tracking dogs, couldn’t find the scent, police tracking dogs were brought in after the fact and were unable to locate Myra.
The family told authorities they believed the child had been snatched from the rural road by a stranger.
The search began on the property at least four to five hours after Myra disappeared into thin air. Local, state, and federal law enforcement began combing the 4 square miles surrounding the child’s home, including a pond across the street.
Ericka and Greg Lewis, who could fairly be described as not very forthcoming with police, have moved out of the area. Efforts to find them by law enforcement and journalists have been unsuccessful. They have disappeared, though arguably not as completely as Myra.
“The family, you know, I’m not in their heads and I can’t imageine a tragedy of this proportion as a family member, but they have left the area and our best efforts to locate them have been unfruitful,” the Sheriff said. “That’s not going to stop us from looking for Myra. Hopefully it will pan out and have a really happy ending for Myra.”
To those who tried to find and help and save Myra, it became a mission.
“It’s personal,” the Sheriff said. “I don’t want it solved for me. I want it solved for Myra… The person that matters the most is Myra.”
Tucker said tips still come in, from everyone from locals to people in other countries. He said the most recent tip was a few weeks ago from Vancouver, British Columbia. So many people see her case online, and hope they’ve seen her.
While some have forgotten the date Myra went missing, most remember that it happened. That is in part due to the law enforcement and some media personnel who have marked off each anniversary of the child’s disappearance, remembering the frantic search for the child that went on throughout Madison County and capitivated people not only all around the state, but all over the nation.
Time may have eroded some of the interest and most of the publicity, but it hasn’t affected the resolve of the men and women who are determined to find Myra, and if necessary, find her kidnapper or killer.
“I can promise as long as I’m here, this case will still be open,” said Tucker. “To anybody that abducted her, please consider her need and her family, and her right to be with her family. Consider her family’s pain, and their desire to have Myra back. If you found her innocently, please return her. If you found a lost child … anybody you believe could possibly be Myra, contact local authorities. It never hurts to check.”
Family, friends, law enforcement and total strangers turned out eight years ago to search for Myra, but to this day there is still no public information on what happened to her or where she might have gone.
“It’s going to take luck or a miracle from the man upstairs at this point,” Tucker said. “We’ve exhausted every resource available to us. We’ve done foot searches, searched the lakes, dug in the ground, searched trucks and tractor trailers, and reviewed footage from stores around town where she was last seen before she disappeared.”
Someone out there knows first hand what happened to Myra, the sheriff said.
“Please come forward for all involved. We’re talking about a child, not an adult that’s lived a full life, not someone who went their own way and made decisions,” Tucker said. “We’re talking about an innocent life, God’s child that never had an opportunity to take advantage of the life she was given.”
But for Tucker, the search will always continue. Myra Lewis is the case he can’t let go.
“She is my case. She is at the top of my list,” he said. “I’ve been through hundreds of cases where you see lives destroyed. I’ve sen an awful lot, and that is the one case that truly haunts my heart. I hope I don’t end my career with it unsolved. I’m afraid that I will, but I truly hope that I don’t.”
If you know anything about Myra Lewis’ whereabouts or her disappearance, contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
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