Amber Alert Expands

Amber Alert expands for girl whose mother’s body was found Sunday

GERONIMO — Authorities issued an Amber Alert for the daughter of a woman whose body was found Sunday in Comanche County, and police are looking for the woman’s estranged husband who could be with the girl.

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Police found the body of Tonya Hobbs, 37, inside her recreational vehicle parked at 203 Minnesota in Geronimo about 9 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

Her daughter, Aja Johnson, who has a condition that requires medication, was not in the RV when the body was found.

Aja may be with Lester William Hobbs, 46, who is wanted for questioning in the woman’s death, according to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Lester Hobbs and the girl may have left in a white 1992 Toyota Paseo coupe with Oklahoma tag 577-BPW, according to OSBI. They could be headed toward Davenport, where the couple lived before they separated. Hobbs is not Aja’s biological father.

The two-door car has no hubcaps and plastic covers the missing rear passenger window. Anyone who spots the car, the missing girl or Lester Hobbs should call 911 immediately.

“Our main concern at this time is to find the little girl,” Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley said during a news conference this afternoon in Geronimo. “We already have a tragedy on our hands. We don’t want two.”

OSBI agent in charge Richard Goss also answered questions during the news conference, said Jessica Brown, OSBI spokeswoman.

Brown said OSBI has asked California, Oregon and Texas to also issue Amber Alerts, because Lester Hobbs has relatives in those states.

Aja is 4 feet tall and weighs about 59 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown shoulder-length hair with recently-dyed black tips on her hair, Brown said.

Lester Hobbs no longer has a goatee as shown in the photo provided by the OSBI, but he did have a mustache recently. He is about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He has hazel eyes and brown hair.

Brown said Lester Hobbs has many tattoos, including several on his hands. He has the word “love” tattooed on his left fingers and left wrist, and the word “rose” on his right fingers, Brown said.

The relative on whose property the RV was parked became concerned about 8:30 p.m. Sunday and broke into the camper, officials said. The Amber Alert was issued about midnight.

Hobbs is a convicted felon and should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities said. He was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2001 in Cleveland County and served three months in prison, state Corrections Department records show.

Lester Hobbs was supposed to show up in Lincoln County District Court this morning on a driving under the influence charge but failed to appear and an arrest warrant was issued, Brown said.

Geronimo police have a telephone line dedicated for calls on the case. That number is (580) 355-1115.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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