State police opened a search for a family from Bedford County late Monday after one of them made a phone call seeking help from the parking lot near Walmart in SouthTowne Plaza along Oakland Avenue.
“Alicia Brumbaugh made a frantic phone call at approximately (11:23 p.m.),” investigators reported in a news release this morning. “The phone call was terminated prior to further details being obtained.”
Brumbaugh, 31, of Imler, last was seen at her home with two children, Maverick Lee Brumbaugh, 1, and Aleah Nicole Rose Brumbaugh, 3, about 4 a.m. Monday. Troopers believe they had been traveling with the woman’s father-in-law, Edgar Decker Jr., 56, of Roaring Spring.
Police said Brumbaugh had contacted another relative, who in turn phoned the Indiana state police station at 11:38 p.m. to relay the message.
“(Brumbaugh) indicated that she and her two children were with Decker at or near the Indiana Walmart and that she requested the police be called. The cellphone used during this phone call is believed to have then been turned off,” Trooper Cliff Greenfield reported this morning.
The family was believed to be traveling in a black 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche, but investigators had no information on their possible destination. Alicia Brumbaugh and the children have been listed in the national missing and endangered persons database.
Police said Decker is wanted on a warrant issued by a district court judge in Bedford County, where state police charged him on Sept. 10 with a felony count of retail theft dating to June 2, 2018, in Snake Spring Township.
Greenfield said the state police criminal investigation unit at Indiana has taken the lead in the search and that Hollidaysburg-based Troop G has opened searches in Bedford, Blair and other south-central counties.
Police asked anyone with information about Decker or the Brumbaughs to dial 911 or phone the Indiana station at (724) 357-1960.