Police looking for missing 5-year-old
Pictured are the missing child, Thomas Evan Diggs, his non-custodial father, Thomas Eric Diggs, and the vehicle he may be driving.
TALLADEGA –Police are looking for the biological but non-custodial father of a 5-year-old boy who has not been seen since Saturday afternoon.

According to Capt. Leon Thomas, Thomas Eric Diggs, 35, of Oxford, met his son, Thomas Evan Diggs, and the child’s grandmother, who is the child’s legal guardian, at the Arby’s on Battle Street in Talladega Saturday. After lunch, the father said he would drive the son back to the grandmother’s house and drop him off, but never showed up, Thomas said.

The elder Thomas is a 35-year-old white male with blue eyes and brown hair. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds. He was last seen wearing a multi-tone green sweater, blue jeans and white shoes. He drives a white 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the license plate BA14549.

The son is approximately 3 feet tall and weighs about 65 pounds, with blondish hair. He was last seen wearing camouflaged pants and a jacket with a John Deere shirt.

A BOLO (Be On the Look Out) for the father, son and vehicle were issued Saturday, and an Amber Alert went out Monday. According to the missing child alert, they may be en route to Daytona Beach, Fla.

Anyone with information on this incident or the boy’s current whereabouts should contact the Talladega police, Detective Division at 256-362-4508 or call the anonymous tip line at 256-299-0011.

After hours, please call central dispatch at 256-362-4162.

Custodial interference is a Class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com

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