Wakulla County Parents Make Plea for Daughter's Safe Return

Investigators from Tallahassee to Atlanta are working the case. Tuesday night her frightened and heartbroken parents made a plea for Briana Schultheis' safe return.

Todd Shultheis, Briana's father, said, "I love you baby, you need to come home, daddy misses you. You need to come home. I don't have anyone to go fishing or ride Scooters no more. You know your Momma's not going to jump out of no tree at the sinkhole.”

It was a father's plea to Raymond Lewis, the man who took 12-year-old Briana Schultheis in a case that investigators say is not your typical missing persons situation.

MAJ Maurice Langston with the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said, “Please understand that this is not a case about a runaway juvenile, this child is a victim, has been lured away from her home, lured away from her family by a convicted sex offender."

The FDLE released surveillance video from the Tallahassee Greyhound bus station where Lewis and Shultheis boarded a bus at 5 a.m. Sunday. They arrived in Atlanta, Georgia around noon.

Meanwhile in Leon County, investigators searched Lewis' residence at a motel. They found correspondence between Lewis and the young girl.

FDLE and the FBI are offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of Raymond Lewis. If you have any information you can call the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office at 850-926-0800 or FDLE at 1-888-FL-MISSING.