Amber alert for two Texas children believed to have been kidnapped by a man


RUSK, Texas – A statewide amber alert was issued Tuesday morning to two Texas brothers believed to have been abducted by a man.

According to the alert, Ashlynn Wells, 10, and Desmond Wells, 11, were last seen Monday afternoon in Rusk, an hour south of Tyler and 166 miles north of Houston.

Authorities were searching for Jesse Ray Schmidt, 32, for the alleged kidnapping; he is believed to have fled with the children of a 2012 black Honda Civic with Texas license plate BNX6155.

Ashlynn is described as 5’2 “tall, weighing approximately 109 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a peach t-shirt, peach shorts and pink and gray Nike shoes. .

Desmond is 5’5 “and weighs 154 pounds with blond hair and brown eyes; he wore a blue / black shirt, gray shorts and Wolverine hiking boots.

The alert asked everyone watching the trio to contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 683-2271.

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