Missing Tennessee mom Nikki Alcaraz found safe after disappearing on cross-country road trip with boyfriend
Tennessee mother Nikki Alcaraz, who disappeared earlier this month while on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend, has been found safe, according to officials in California. The announcement came at the same time that new bodycam footage was released, showing the aftermath of an alleged domestic assault involving Alcaraz’s partner, Steven Tyler Stratton. The mother of two vanished while driving with Stratton and their dog from Nashville to California to visit her uncle. But just five days before she went missing, Alcaraz and Stratton were involved in a physical dispute that led to police being called. New body cam footage of the May 4 encounter shows an emotional Alcaraz and a concerned truck driver who phoned 911, speaking to a sheriff’s deputy at the scene. After failing to press charges against one another, both Alcaraz and Stratton were dropped off by authorities separately, while her Jeep was impounded. Alcaraz appeared at a Walmart in California on May 27, where she sold her phone at a kiosk.
What happened to Nikki Alcaraz?
Nikki Alcaraz, a Tennessee mother of two, disappeared earlier this month on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend Steven Tyler Stratton and their dog from Nashville to California to visit her uncle. She was found safe, but new bodycam footage was released showing the aftermath of an alleged domestic assault involving her partner, Stratton.
What does the footage show?
New body cam footage of the May 4 encounter shows an emotional Alcaraz and a concerned truck driver who phoned 911, speaking to a sheriff’s deputy at the scene. Alcaraz initially told a deputy she wanted to press charges but ultimately decided against it. The couple appeared to have been drinking and both Alcaraz and Stratton said the other hit them unprovoked, according to the incident report.
Were any charges filed?
Both Alcaraz and Stratton decided against pressing charges against each other, and authorities dropped them off at different locations. Her Jeep which the couple had been driving across the country was impounded. Alcaraz picked up her vehicle from the impound lot with a man who was not Stratton the next day. Alcaraz’s whereabouts remained unknown until she was spotted at a California Walmart on May 27 where she sold her phone at a kiosk.
Is Alcaraz in danger?
Officials said they have no information to indicate she is in immediate danger, but it remains unclear what happened to her during the days she was missing. The Torrance County Sheriff is investigating the actions of the deputies who responded to the domestic call to determine if they violated any policies by letting the couple go.
Boyfriend and Nikki Alcaraz, who went missing during a cross-country road trip, reunite as she is found safe in Tennessee.
Nikki Alcaraz, a mother from Tennessee who disappeared during a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend earlier this month, has been found safe, according to officials. Her disappearance had followed a physical dispute between the couple that resulted in the police being called. Bodycam footage recently released shows Alcaraz and a concerned truck driver who contacted the police after allegedly witnessing the boyfriend punch her, speaking to a deputy at the scene. Alcaraz had initially wanted to press charges but chose not to. Both she and her boyfriend claimed that the other had hit them unprovoked. Alcaraz was later seen at a California Walmart on May 27th when she sold her phone and officials do not believe she is in immediate danger.