FBI asks for public’s help in search for missing mother

Leila Cavett (right) and her 2-year-old son Kamdyn. PHOTO PROVIDED BY MIRAMAR POLICE DEPARTMENT

The FBI is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Georgia mother whose son was found wandering alone in a South Florida apartment complex last month.

Leila Cavett

The woman, identified as 21-year-old Leila Cavett, was last seen July 26 in south Florida while visiting the area. Hours later, her 2-year-old son, Kamdyn, was located alone in the 1800 block of Southwest 68th Avenue in Miramar, FBI officials said.

Thursday, FBI officials released photos that showed Cavett inside a Cracker Barrel Restaurant on July 24 in Vero Beach, two days before she vanished. FBI officials described Cavett’s disappearance as mysterious.

“Leila’s separation from her son is completely out of character,” FBI officials said in a news release. “Her family and others in our community are very concerned about her safety and well-being. Thanks to our community, Kamdyn is safe and being cared for.”


Investigators said Cavett, a visitor from Atlanta, arrived to south Florida on July 25. Cavett spent time in Hollywood, Miramar and Fort Lauderdale before vanishing, officials said.

It was unclear if Cavett planned to visit someone or had any connection to south Florida.

Cavett’s vehicle was found abandoned on July 28 in Hollywood, FBI officials said. Other released surveillance photos showed Cavett getting out of a Lexus Sedan parked at a RaceTrac gas station about 3 p.m. July 25 on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

Another photo showed Cavett carrying Kamdyn at a RaceTrac gas station at 10:20 p.m. July 25. FBI officials did not clarify if it was the same gas station Cavett was seen at earlier that day.

The FBI also released an undated photo of Cavett’s white Chevy pickup truck.

“We are investigating every possibility as to why Leila went missing,” FBI officials said in a statement. “We are relentlessly pursuing a large number of leads developed out of the investigation to date to reunite Kamdyn and Leila.”

Cavett was described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds. Investigators said Cavett has her son’s name, Kamdyn, tattooed on her right inner arm, and a “Jesus fish” tattooed on her right wrist.

FBI officials said they believe those with information on Cavett’s disappearance are still in south Florida.

“Oftentimes members of our community have information of value, but do not come forward because of concerns that it may not be important,” FBI Miami Special Agent In Charge George Piro said during a Thursday news conference. “Regardless of how insignificant you think your information might be, I urge you to come forward, even anonymously, and allow the FBI to make that determination.”

Authorities said they have been in touch with Cavett’s family from Alabama.

Those with information on Cavett’s disappearance or whereabouts should contact the FBI Miami Office at 1-800-CALL-FBI or fbi.gov/tips. The police departments in Hollywood and Miramar are also searching for Cavett.

Photos provided by FBI and Miramar Police Department

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