The two were found in Ohio Thursday. The 2-year-old girl was not harmed, the Knoxville Police Department reported. Tyler Ward Enix, the 36-year-old suspect, is now in custody and he is scheduled for an interview with investigators.
Enix and his little girl were found Morrow County after Sheriff’s office received a tip from a local driver. Enix was listed as one of the most dangerous fugitives in the state.
The driver said he learned about an Amber Alert the day before, which authorities issued for the girl. The man happened to drive just behind the suspect’s vehicle. He immediately called E-911 and the deputies caught Enix in a traffic stop. The man didn’t resist arrest.
His 2-year-old daughter was last seen Tuesday with her mother who was found dead the next day at her home in Fountain City condominium where she lived with the toddler. On Wednesday night, the police were still seeking the main suspect and issued a warrant charging him with first degree murder.
Witnessed told investigators that they saw Enix driving off in his estranged wife’s car hours before the woman’s body was found. Police Chief David Rausch urged the man Thursday to get the little girl to a safe place before he continues his flight.
The police also announced that an autopsy was conducted on the victim.
On Thursday, police officers sought the woods for the fugitive around the place where his daughter was last seen. Enix and his wife were estranged and a divorce was looming. Investigators do not know whether there was history of domestic violence or whether a restriction order was issued against the man.
The woman’s body was found around 2:20 p.m., after her co-workers were all alarmed that she didn’t show up at work and neither did she replied to phone calls.
Enix, on the other hand, was previously convicted for aggravated assault against his ex-wife five years ago. He was sentenced to four years in jail but he was released sooner on parole. In 2014 his sentence expired. Authorities responsible with the man’s stay in jail couldn’t be reached for comment on the suspect’s parole.
In 2001, the man also pleaded guilty for stalking and harassing another ex-wife. He was sentenced to jail, but two months after he was released he was taken into custody once more for harassing the woman.
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