Parents of missing girls speak out - Tucson News Now

Parents of missing girls speak out

Richter Lewis reunited with his baby daughter Estella Lovemore. Richter Lewis reunited with his baby daughter Estella Lovemore.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Caroline Oddo disappeared last November and Estella Lovemore in January. On Friday night, they're both safe in the U.S., but only one is home with her family.

Little Estella disappeared from a birthday party a couple months ago and police suspected her mother had something to do with it. Danielle Lovemore is charged with custodial interference because she did not have custody of Estella.

The common thread between the two girls is a man named Luis Palacio. He is Caroline's father and Estella's mother's boyfriend. He was arrested but is a Mexican national and was not turned over to U.S. authorities.

Estella's father, Richter Lewis, also got to see his daughter Friday evening. She is staying with a foster family until he gets things sorted out in court.

He spoke exclusively with KOLD News 13's Matt Mendes about seeing his little girl and his efforts to keep her safe with him.

Both parents say it's a big weight lifted off their shoulders and words can't describe the pure joy they're feeling.

For the first time in almost four months, Anna Oddo will be tucking her 2-year-old daughter Caroline into bed.

"It feels like I woke up from a horrible dream," said Anna Oddo.

Anna plans to take her daughter to the park, zoo and spend a lot of time with her family who is anxious to see her.

"I have no idea what they were up to, or why he took her," said Oddo.

Although Caroline seems happy and playful tonight, her mother Anna says she came back afraid and extra cautious of people.

"She hasn't talked and she shakes her head no," said Oddo.

Ella's father, Richter Lewis also got to see his daughter Friday evening. She's staying with a foster family until he gets things sorted out in court.

"It was relieving and it was just like serenity flowing over me," said Lewis. "It was just at peace finally instead of being worried and living a month and a half of hell."

When asked about his reaction to the suspects being caught, Lewis said the most important thing is getting Ella back. He said he will be extra protective over Ella from now on. 

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