Hunt continues for Oklahoma City girl, fugitive

BY ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: February 3, 2010 at 4:16 am •  Published: February 3, 2010
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GERONIMO — The search for 7-year-old Aja Johnson, of Oklahoma City, and the man authorities think kidnapped her continues. Rural residents are being urged to be alert and watch neighboring homes.

Law enforcement officers are looking for Lester Hobbs, 46, who has been charged in Comanche County with kidnapping Aja as well as first-degree murder in connection with the death of her mother and his estranged wife, Tonya Hobbs, 37.

The body of Tonya Hobbs was found Jan. 23 inside Lester Hobbs’ recreational vehicle in Geronimo.

Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman, said officers were following leads Tuesday.

Brown said people in rural areas may want to check on their neighbors and report anything suspicious.

An Amber Alert for Aja remains in effect. The alert was canceled in Texas but could be re-activated, Brown said.

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How to Help
Anyone who spots Aja Johnson, Lester Hobbs or the car Hobbs is believed to be driving should call 911 immediately. Anyone who has information about the case can call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678. Aja is described as 4 feet tall and weighing about 59 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair that has recently been dyed black on the tips. Lester Hobbs is about 6 feet, 1 inch tall, weighing 190 pounds. He should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said. A $20,000 reward is being offered by OSBI and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

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