EDITOR'S DESK: Let's find the Mayberry within Crestview

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

North Okaloosa residents have dealt with some difficult times lately.

Crestview police have enlisted the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help find Karl R. Menz and Virginia M. Lynch, who allegedly kidnapped 3-year-old Emmanuel Menz on Thursday at the South Ferdon Boulevard Burger King.

The incident followed a visit with a Department of Children and Families supervisor, who used the restroom as suspects reportedly orchestrated the kidnapping, police said.

Police first searched for a 2009 Dodge Caravan, but soon said the couple vacated that vehicle at a nearby Cracker Barrel and fled in a U-Haul van they rented from Fort Walton Beach a day before the incident.  

Authorities are still investigating the incident, and local media have received no updates other than to look out for a U-Haul van with an Arizona tag and B-E- 5700 R- marked on the sides.

In other news, our Facebook fans had plenty to say when Thomas Biddle, a 29-year-old Crestview man, was charged with throwing a missile into a vehicle in a road rage related incident that Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies said could have caused great bodily harm or death.

The missile — in this case, a water bottle — hit the chest of a motorcycle traveling approximately 70 miles an hour.

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