FBI releases new video of young Georgia mom missing in south Florida

FLORIDA — The FBI has released new video of a Georgia mother who disappeared in south Florida last month.

Leila Cavett has not been seen since July 25. Her 2-year-old son Kamdyn was found wandering alone in a South Florida apartment complex’s parking lot.

Police have arrested Shannon Demar Ryan, 38, on charges of kidnapping with the intent of collecting random and lying to federal agents.

Cavett, who had been living in Atlanta and had ties to Jasper, Alabama, was last seen on video July 25 at a gas station in Hollywood, Florida, one day before residents found the 2-year-old boy wearing a dirty diaper and no socks or shoes.

The FBI released video of Cavett's Chevrolet pickup truck pulling into a RaceTrac gas station in Hollywood, Florida on July 25 around 2:20 p.m. Video from outside the gas station also shows her exiting a Lexus an hour later around 3:06 p.m.

The FBI has also released video of Cavett inside the Race Track around 3:10 p.m., when the young mom is standing in line alone. Another video shows Cavett inside the same Race Track hours later around 10:16 p.m. holding her son. The video shot at 10:16 p.m. is the last known footage of Cavett.


Ryan told authorities that Cavett and Kamdyn met him at the gas station before the three went to the beach together, the complaint said. He claimed they returned to the gas station about 2:30 a.m. July 26, and Cavett and the boy got into a car with a group of Black men, according to the complaint. Investigators, however, said surveillance footage doesn't show Ryan's car or the mother and son getting into another vehicle, the AP reported.

Authorities said Ryan's car was captured on video leaving the gas station at 8:15 a.m. on July 26 and returning about 20 minutes later, according to the AP. Surveillance footage also captured Ryan's car at the apartment complex where Kamdyn was found that same morning, authorities said.

According to the complaint, Ryan bought odor eliminator, duct tape and trash bags at the gas station and a nearby Walmart, the AP reported.

Investigators found Cavett's vehicle, a white truck, abandoned in Hollywood on July 28, according to the AP.

In a nearly hourlong video posted to Facebook on Aug. 9, a man who appears to be Ryan said he saw Cavett and "gave the police everything that I know," the AP reported.

Ryan also describes himself as a "witch" and "god" in social media posts, according to the Herald. He also told authorities he has known Cavett since January of last year.

The FBI is offering a reward for up to $10,000 for information leading to Cavett's location.

If anyone has any information, please call FBI Miami at 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to FBI.GOV/TIPS.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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