Missing Child

By: Aisha Greer
By: Aisha Greer

"I cannot imagine anyone leaving a child in a wooded area by herself."

Those are the thoughts of Detective James Hall with the Meridian Police Department regarding the case of missing three-year-old Reina Russell.

It is a case that is sketchy, with narrow leads. The only information known has been given by the very person who says she left her own child in the woods in Meridian.

Tina Funderburk, who's from New York, told authorities there that while traveling from New York to Texas with her three-year-old daughter, Reina, and one-year-old son by Greyhound, they ended up in Meridian. It was at the bus station that the unthinkable happened.

"Thina Funderburk told New York authorities that she dropped her three-year-old off in the woods after getting off the bus at the Greyhound Bus Station," says Det. Hall. "We have combed many wooded areas near the station with dogs and have come up with nothing. We are urging anyone who has seen her to contact us."

Reina was last seen with Tina at the bus station in Meridian on July 5.

Reina is three-years-old, black about 45-pounds with brown hair and eyes. She was last seen wearing a white dress with pink butterflies and a pamper.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Meridian Police at 485-1868, NYPD at (212) 473-2041 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST.


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