ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - The search for a missing mother and her baby in St. Petersburg has escalated to an official Florida Missing Child Alert from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Police in St. Petersburg have been looking for the young mother and her son since 4 a.m. Thursday when the vehicle they were in was located in Pinellas Park.
Thursday afternoon, investigators were seen leaving the home where 28-year-old Sydney Wyatt lives with her 1-year-old son, Future Johnson.
Police say it appears they left the home together in a white car Sydney borrowed from a loved one. A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, watched them drive off.
"Not unusual, except she wouldn't let the other kids go with her," the neighbor told FOX 13.
Neither she nor the little boy has been heard from since.
Police say around 4 a.m. the car was found, abandoned 15 minutes away near 118th Avenue and U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park.
"We're concerned, the way the vehicle was abandoned. It leaves cause for concern," said police spokesperson Sandra Bentil.
Wyatt has a criminal history, but Bentil pointed out, "regardless of what her past is, it's very important we locate her. Something doesn't look like it's right here."
Sydney is described as 5-foot-3 and 160 pounds. She has long dark brown hair and her head is shaved on the left side. Sydney has a tattoo of the letter "S" on her left ring finger and the word "rusty" tattooed on her left chest, by her collar bone. The word "Future" is tattooed on her right chest.
Police say Future has short blonde hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sydney Wyatt and her one-year-old, Future Johnson, is asked to call St. Petersburg police at (727) 893-7780 or text SPPD and the tip to TIP411.