FBI releases images of missing mom, has surveillance of her at Race Trac in Hollywood

Leila Cavett seen in different car in same plaza where white truck was found

MIRAMAR, Fla. – The FBI has released new pieces of information in the case of missing mom Leila Cavett and it has to do with the white truck that was found in Hollywood and surveillance of her seen at a gas station not too far away in a different car.

At the headquarters in Miramar, the FBI showed images from surveillance video, the last few times Cavett was seen, which was three weeks ago.

Detectives confirm that 21-year-old mother and her 2-year-old son were alone when they drove from Georgia in a white pick-up truck south to Florida on July 24 and 25.

Leila Cavett.

“She arrived on July 25 and it appears she went missing on July 26, so it’s during that time that’s really critical for us,” George Piro, FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge, said.

Surveillance at the Race Trac on US 441 and Hollywood Boulevard shows Cavett getting into a Lexus sedan on July 26, the same day her son was found wandering barefoot in only a diaper and a T-shirt in Miramar.

The gas station is in the same plaza in Hollywood that the white pick up truck was found on Wednesday, July 29.

“Leila spent time in the areas of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale Beach and Miramar before her disappearance,” Piro said.

Family members maintain Cavett has no known connection to Florida. She was living in Georgia, according to her Facebook page. Family members are from Alabama.

The FBI has put together a bit of a timeline from before her disappearance. Sightings of her in Hollywood, Miramar and Fort Lauderdale beach have been confirmed.

Video shows missing mom at RaceTrac gas station in Hollywood

There is a video from a Cracker Barrel in Vero Beach on July 25 and at that Race Trac gas station in Hollywood on July 26.

“Leila’s separation from her son is completely out of character, her family and others in her community are very concerned about her safety and well being. Thanks to our community, Kamydn is safe and being cared for,” Piro said.

On July 26, Cavett’s son — identified by family as two-year-old Kamdyn Cavett Arnold — was found wandering alone in the parking lot of the Edge Apartments, 1860 SW 68th Ave. in Miramar, near the Florida Turnpike.

The toddler was unable to give police officers his name, age, or tell them why he was at the apartment complex.

Her family is still puzzled as to why Cavett’s child would be found in Florida and if she was in the area, why?

“That’s the main question that we’re trying to figure out now. We don’t know of her having any friends or family out here,” her sister Gina Lewis said.

About the Authors:

Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.