Oklahoma storm may slow search for girl, sheriff fears

BY RON JACKSON Published: January 30, 2010
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GERONIMO — The search for Aja Johnson and her suspected abductor, Lester Hobbs, entered its fifth day Friday as a winter storm left many roads impassable and vast areas of the state without power.

"I’m afraid so much focus will be paid to the storm it will take attention away from the search,” Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley said.

"Obviously, we need to worry about this storm, but I don’t want people to forget about this little girl. We need to find her and bring her home safely.

"I just keep telling people, ‘Think of it as though it were your little girl,’” he said.

Texas officials canceled that state’s Amber Alert for Aja on Friday, leaving Oklahoma as apparently the only state still broadcasting her disappearance. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said the Amber Alert could be re-instated in Texas if investigators receive any strong leads tied to that state.

Investigators think Aja was abducted by Hobbs, a convicted felon who is the estranged husband of Aja’s mother, Tonya Hobbs.

Lester Hobbs, 46, is also wanted in connection with the death of Tonya Hobbs, 37.

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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 Office in hopes someone might come forward with information.

An 8 p.m. showing tonight of Amercia’s Most Wanted on Fox is expected to feature a brief segment on Aja’s disappearance.

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