Missing Moulton teen located and Morgan County escapee in custody, authorities say

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UPDATE: John Kaleb Gillespie is in custody, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the missing teen from Lawrence County has also been located.

Our news partners at AL.com report the pair were captured near the Bessemer/Hoover line when they crashed on I-459 near Exit 1.


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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – A Moulton teenager reported missing Monday knows a Morgan County Jail escapee and could possibly be with him, police said Wednesday.

Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said they don’t have confirmation that Peyton Bryleigh Ledlow, 16, is with John Kaleb Gillespie, 30. But McWhorter said the two are acquaintances and them being together is a possibility.

A Morgan County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Thursday that they also believe there is a possibility that the missing teen could be with John Kaleb Gillespie.

Gillespie, a registered sex offender, escaped from the Morgan County Jail Sunday afternoon. Ledlow hasn’t been seen since she left her home in Moulton Monday.

McWhorter said Ledlow could possibly be in danger if she is with Gillespie, because he has recklessly tried to elude law enforcement in the past. In 2018 he was wanted for attempted murder after McWhorter said he tried to run over an Alabama State Trooper during a chase.

Morgan County authorities said Gillespie should not be approached. Anyone who sees him or has information about his location is asked to call 911.


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