Authorities continue searching for the 16-year-old who went missing from her Moulton home on Monday. As of Thursday morning, Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said no new leads have developed, but “there is a possibility she is with (Morgan County Jail escapee).”
McWhorter said Peyton Bryleigh Ledlow was reported missing Monday afternoon. He said he knows she is acquainted with John Kaleb Gillespie, 30, a registered sex offender who escaped from Morgan County Jail Sunday afternoon.
McWhorter suggested the two were acquainted from evidence that the two are connected through social media, and he fears she may be in danger.
Gillespie had escaped from the Morgan jail around 12:33 the day before Ledlow was reported missing. Gillespie had help from a fellow inmate, according to reports, and he had used bedsheets to climb down a 20 to 30-foot wall. He was last seen running north towards the Morgan County Courthouse.
Authorities say he is deemed dangerous and has a violent history with law enforcement.
Gillespie was arrested in Decatur in November of 2018 on charges of drug trafficking after attempting to run over a state trooper with his car and eluding Moulton Police.
He was jailed in Morgan County on charges of marijuana trafficking, attempting to promote prison contraband and violating Alabama sex offender laws.
Court records show Gillespie pleaded guilty to two charges of statutory rape in Morgan County in October of 2009.
“If she is with him, his history is what concerns me,” McWhorter said. “That’s where we’re at right now. Hopefully, we’ll get more leads to give us more of a direction.”
A report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said Ledlow may be traveling in a white 2008 Ford Fusion with Alabama license plate 5405BB0.
She is 5-feet and 5 inches tall, weighs approximately 112 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information should call the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 256-974-9291.