Missing 8-year-old girl last seen visiting mother at Long Island hotel found unharmed in Florida

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Monday, April 3, 2023
ABC7 New York 24/7 Eyewitness News Stream
ABC7 New York 24/7 Eyewitness News StreamStream New York's #1 news - Accuweather - original content 24/7

MEDFORD, Suffolk County (WABC) -- An 8-year-old girl who went missing after visiting her mother at a Long Island hotel has been found in Florida, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Toni Simmons was last seen with her biological mother, Carrie Walker, at the Comfort Inn in Medford on April 1.

Simmons currently lives with her father in Brookhaven. When Simmons' father attempted to pick her up at the hotel the next day, Toni and her mother were nowhere to be found.

Walker, 31, was visiting from Florida at the time. She left the hotel in a black 2021 Jeep Compass with an Alabama license plate.

Walker was found in Florida on Monday with her daughter, who is unharmed.

ALSO READ | Woman from 1991 brutal homicide identified; investigators search for her child

Investigators have identified the woman in 1991 cold case on Staten Island. Kristin Thorne has the details.


* More Long Island news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube

Submit a tip or story idea to Eyewitness News

Have a breaking news tip or an idea for a story we should cover? Send it to Eyewitness News using the form below. If attaching a video or photo, terms of use apply.