UPDATE: TBI confirms 3-year-old girl at center of Endangered Child Alert found safe


GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — UPDATE (1:55 p.m. Nov. 27, 2020) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday that Zella Linklater, the 3-year-old at the center of an Endangered Child Alert issued Thursday night, had been found safe.

The child’s grandmother is also in custody.

FRIDAY, NOV. 27 11:15 A.M.:

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Friday that charges had been filed against a woman whom they believe took a Greene County toddler, sparking an Endangered Child Alert late Thursday.

According to the TBI, 3-year-old Zella Linklater was last seen with Belinda Wilson, 54, who is now wanted by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department for custodial interference and child neglect/endangerment.

As of 11:15 a.m. Friday, neither the child nor Wilson had been apprehended.

Wilson is described as a 54-year-old white female with gray hair and hazel eyes, standing 5’6″ tall and weighing 180 pounds.

If you have seen either Zella or Wilson, you’re asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Greene County Sheriff’s Dept. at 423-798-1800.


GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued an Endangered Child Alert for a 3-year-old girl out of Greene County.

Zella Linklater, 3, was last seen Thanksgiving afternoon in the area of Bumblebee Lane in Chuckey, according to the TBI. She is described as standing 3’6”, and weighs 50 lbs. with blonde hair, and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a red dress and snow boots.

If you have seen her, you’re asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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