Community Interest

TALLAHASSEE – Agricultural Law Enforcement Officers with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services rescued 7-year-old Crystal Riemer last night and arrested her mother, Christine Riemer, on a felony warrant from Lee County for interference with custody after an Amber Alert was issued yesterday.

“I am proud of our agricultural law enforcement officers who stay vigilant to protect Floridians every single day,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Last night, they rescued a young girl from a dangerous situation and she is now safely back where she belongs.”

An officer on duty at the agriculture interdiction station on Interstate 75 observed a Budget rental truck failed to stop and submit for inspection around 11 p.m. yesterday. The vehicle matched a description for a possible Amber Alert out of Fort Myers. The Amber Alert was classified as a special needs child who required medication.

Agricultural law enforcement officers attempted to stop the driver at the 448 mile marker, but the driver refused to stop. After a short pursuit, these officers along with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office safely stopped the vehicle at the 462 mile marker near the Georgia border.

Christine Riemer was arrested at 11:22 p.m. and charged with felony interference with custody, along with failure to stop and submit for inspection, driving while license is suspended or revoked, and resisting an officer without violence. She was booked into the Hamilton County Jail.

Crystal Riemer was located in the cab of the truck and safely taken into protective custody. She was taken to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office where representatives with the Florida Department of Children and Families took custody of the child.

The Fort Myers Police Department is investigating Crystal’s abduction, which occurred during a court-ordered supervised visit at a local foster care agency.

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