A man who is a self-proclaimed witch has been arrested and charged with kidnapping in the case of missing Leila Cavett.
Cavett’s two-year-old son Kamdyn was found alone in a parking lot last month, and Cavett was nowhere to be found.
Shannon Ryan, who calls himself a witch, was arrested Saturday after he posted a video saying he saw Cavett and her son get into someone’s car. But the FBI says their investigation doesn’t support his claims.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Florida, Ryan bought duct tape and extra-large garbage bags around the time Cavett disappeared. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
His Google search history also included, “What day does commercial garbage pickup for Hollywood, Florida?” and “Does bleach and alcohol make chloroform?”
Now, Ryan, 38, has been charged with kidnapping with the intent of collecting a ransom, reward, or other benefit.
Last week, he posted an hour-long video on Facebook saying he knew Cavett and was the last person to see her. He said he’s done crimes in the past but has “transformed” into the “God” he is today.
In the video, Ryan said he met Cavett a year ago when she and her son showed up at his house in Alabama, claiming their car had broken down. He said the mother and son stayed on his couch.
Ryan initially told investigators he’d known Cavett since January 2019 and said she came to South Florida with her son to sell him her pickup truck the day before she went missing.
He said he met Cavett at a gas station on July 25. They went to the beach, and when they returned to the gas station, he said he saw her and Kamdyn then get into a car with several Black men. But investigators said surveillance video from the gas station doesn’t show Cavett getting into a car with her son.
“Leila’s separation from her son is completely out of character,” FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge George Piro said. “Her family and others in our community are very concerned about her safety and well-being.”