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Husband identified as 'person of interest' in disappearance of Carmel woman has warrant for stalking another woman

Ciera Breland (Locklair) was last seen Friday night on Baldwin Lane, near the intersection of Ditch Road and 146th Street.

CARMEL, Ind. — Police in Carmel are asking for the public's help in locating a missing woman who was last seen on Friday night. Her husband has been identified as a person of interest, according to the Carmel Police Department.

Ciera Breland (Locklair) is described as a 31-year-old woman who has blonde hair, is 5 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. 

NOTE: The above video is from a previous report on Ciera Breland's disappearance.

She was last seen wearing a black top and purple shorts between 10 and 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in the 14400 block of Baldwin Lane, which is near the intersection of Ditch Road and 146th Street on Carmel's northwest side.

13News learned Friday that a man found a black shirt and shorts similar to what police say Breland was wearing at the time of her disappearance. The man said the found the clothing Sunday afternoon off South Waterleaf Drive, behind the CVS Pharmacy and a daycare just off Ditch Road in Carmel. That location is just a half-mile north of where Breland was last seen.

13News has not confirmed if these are Breland's clothes, but the man said police confiscated them as possible evidence.

Credit: Submitted photo
A man told 13News he found clothes matching the description of what Ciera Breland was wearing when she was last seen, about a half-mile from her last-known location.

The Carmel Police Department said it began working with the City of Johns Creek Police Department in Johns Creek, Georgia, on the case. Through the investigation, 37-year-old Xavier Breland Jr., Ciera's husband, was identified as a person of interest. He has not been criminally charged in relation to his wife's missing person case.

He's in the Hamilton County Jail on an outstanding felony warrant out of Coweta County, Georgia for aggravated stalking against a woman who isn't his wife. He is currently awaiting extradition to Georgia.

Breland has been extradited before. According to court records, he was arrested in 2007 on a fugitive warrant in Florida and sent back here to Indiana.  

On Thursday, an FBI spokesperson said agents in both Georgia and Indiana were assisting local authorities in the investigation.

According to authorities in Georgia, Xavier was investigated for aggravated stalking in March 2021. Investigators allege he used a concealed tracking device to stalk the mother of his child. It happened while the woman had a temporary restraining order on Xavier. After being arrested and released, Xavier allegedly violated the restraining order again. An arrest warrant was issued, but police in Georgia had no further contact with Xavier.

13News also confirmed Breland works for a law firm in Indianapolis. It released a statement reading:

Speaking for the entire Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani family, I can express that we have been deeply concerned about Ciera’s wellbeing over the past week and have been doing our utmost to assist both the local and federal authorities as well as Ciera’s family in determining her whereabouts and helping in any other ways we can. We all pray for Ciera’s safe return and remain at the highest level of vigilance pending resolution of this extremely troubling situation. Anyone with any possible information about Ciera’s whereabouts is urged to contact the authorities immediately.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ciera Breland (Locklair), please contact the Carmel Police Department at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).

The Carmel Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance locating Ciera Breland (Locklair). She is described...

Posted by Carmel Police Department on Saturday, February 26, 2022

Amber Alert vs. Silver Alert: What's the difference?            

There are specific standards a person's disappearance must meet in order for police to declare an Amber Alert or a Silver Alert.                                        

Amber Alerts are for children under the age of 18 who are believed to have been abducted and in danger. Police also need to have information about a suspect and their car to issue an Amber Alert.                                       

Silver Alerts are for missing and endangered adults or children. They are much more common for missing people. It was not until last year when the standards for Silver Alerts were expanded to include children.      

In both situations, these alerts must be issued by police.

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