Connect with us

World News

Missing Sanford girl Riley Harper Bockes found safe in Tennessee



Late Wednesday, a missing 3-year-old from Sanford was discovered safe in Tennessee, and her father was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife.

Riley Harper Bockes, who went missing from Lee County after her mother was discovered dead in their house on Wednesday, had an AMBER Alert issued for her.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee recovered the stolen automobile the two were thought to be driving in about 9 p.m., according to Sanford Police.

On Interstate 24 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a burgundy 2013 four-door Toyota Avalon with NC license plate number TJC1491 was involved in an accident.


Riley’s father, Brent James Bockes, 50, and the girl fled the scene of the tragedy. They were discovered at Murfreesboro’s Select Inn Motel on S. Church Street. Riley was unhurt in the incident.

In the death of his wife Deana Michelle Bockes, Bockes was charged with first-degree murder. He was also charged with robbery and motor vehicle theft.

The infant was abducted from the family’s house in Sanford’s 3900 block of Lee Avenue.

The Sanford Police Department arrived at the residence shortly after 1:15 p.m. for a well-being check, according to ABC11. Deanna Bockes was discovered dead inside when they arrived.

Her specific cause of death will not be revealed until the medical examiner’s office provides results, according to authorities.


World News

Local News