Dad hopes his daughter comes home after mom takes her away

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. – Muskegon Heights Police and Michigan State Police are looking for 6-year-old Elena Johnson, who they believe was “forced” to leave her father’s home on Monday, July 18.

The father, Ernest Price, told FOX 17 Tuesday afternoon that he met the FBI at the police station.

“It was difficult,” Price said. “It’s hard because her mother has no heart and I’ve never met men before in my life.”

Both Price and his girlfriend Makisha Sullivan were interviewed at the same time on Tuesday morning near their home.

“We want her home safe and we want them arrested,” said Sullivan, standing next to Price. “Like someone could have lost their life yesterday. Thank God they didn’t. But we just want her back home and safe and we want them to be arrested.”

At around 3:50 p.m. on Monday, the mother, Seaniece Johnson, and several armed men pulled up to Price’s home on Eighth Street and asked him where their young daughter was, police said.

Price said they identified themselves as “Martial Americans” and that the mother wore a red turban and white robe.

“They shot my dog,” Price said. “Killed my dog.”

He said they also took his cell phone and pointed a gun at him.

“[They] dragged Elena out of the house into a later model Suburban or Yukon van, maybe a gray-brown with an orange sticker on the back,” says Sullivan.

Sullivan recalls talking on the phone the entire time with the police, urging them to come as soon as possible. When they did, they told them all that had happened.

“Our detectives contacted the Michigan State Police last night and attempted to execute an Amber Alert. According to the information I received, this situation did not meet their eligibility for an Amber Alert at the time,” Muskegon Heights Sheriff Maurice Sain said. “So what we did, I guess, was step right under the Amber Alert, with notifying the media about what was going on and the possibility of finding the mother of the child and the child.”

Fox 17 has reached out to Michigan State Police, who declined an interview but said via email that there are two requests for Amber Alerts:

  • Law enforcement believes a child under the age of 18 has been abducted and is at risk of serious injury or death.
  • There is sufficient information available to the public that may assist in the safe recovery of the child and/or the arrest of the suspect.

Price said he believes a bill should be issued anyway.

“They said at the time they had to get permission from the state police. I just spoke to the state police. They said the reason they didn’t release it was because they believed they were out of state and Amber Alert was regional in nature. They will just cover Michigan,” said Price. “But, I don’t understand why they still haven’t released it. I asked the detectives several times. [Sullivan] Ask them. We called the state police, and I just spoke to him and that’s what he just told me.”

Police and Price say they received information that Elena, the mother, and the men may be in the St. Louis, or somewhere in Missouri or Virginia.

Price hopes she will be found soon. All he wants is her home again.

“She was lively, playful. She was a good, happy kid,” said Price. “I love to laugh. She’s a good kid. I’m really worried for her.”

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