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As investigators open a missing persons case for Gabriel Johnson in San Antonio, we are learning more about mother Elizabeth Johnson’s possible movements during her time in San Antonio from a hotel clerk who checked Johnson into one of the hotels. The clerk, who wishes to remain anonymous, says Johnson checked in under a different name and believes Johnson had a Texas ID.
The clerk told us the hotel swipes identifications and the computer puts the information on the screen for the employee, but in order to look up Johnson’s information they need the alleged alias that Johnson used to check in. That name has not been revealed. The clerk says they never saw Elizabeth Johnson with a baby, and Johnson even allegedly brought in a baby car seat and was holding it behind the desk so the clerk couldn’t tell if the baby was inside. The clerk says the only other time they saw Johnson was when Johnson needed some towels. We also learn from the clerk that there is a dumpster in the back of the hotel and is allegedly emptied twice a week. Cops have spoken to the clerk, who has relayed all of this information.
Who is Craig Cherry?
Police have revealed some information as to why the would-be adoptive couple, Tammi and Jack Smith, are still persons of interest. In court documents last month Johnson claimed that one of 2 people could be Gabriel’s father, either Logan McQueary or a man named Craig Cherry.
Police reportedly recently spoke to Cherry, who told them he has never met Johnson, and is actually Tammi Smith’s first cousin! Police say that new detail surprised them and was information that probably would have been helpful to them in the very beginning. Cops say in all the interviews with Tammi Smith, she never mentioned she was related to Cherry. Police cite this as one example of why they believe the Smiths are withholding information and why they are still persons of interest in the baby Gabriel investigation. Craig Cherry spoke with CNN Affiliate KPHO and told them he and Tammi Smith are very close, but doesn’t know Elizabeth Johnson and could only guess as to how Johnson learned his name and used it in court filings. Tammi Smith explains how this all came about, saying Johnson told her that the other possible father of Gabriel was actually someone Logan McQueary knows and Johnson was allegedly worried that if McQueary saw that, he would try to fight the other possible father. Tammi Smith claims Johnson initially wanted to make up a name, but Tammi Smith told Johnson she couldn’t do that. Then Johnson allegedly suggested she use Jack Smith’s name, and Tammi Smith would not let her. While saying she was joking, Tammi Smith admits they discussed other possible people to put on the document, including Tammi Smith’s cousin Craig Cherry. Tammi Smith drove Johnson to court to file the paternity request and reportedly even made 3 copies of the paperwork that clearly labeled Craig Cherry as the possible father but never noticed it. Smith says she never read it because she was in a hurry and didn’t know Johnson put Cherry’s name down until she got a call from Cherry saying the media was hounding him. Tammi Smith confesses would have been forthcoming with investigators, but she doesn’t remember them asking her about Craig Cherry and she didn’t know Johnson had written that name down. Meanwhile, Tammi and Jack Smith tell us they plan to meet with Elizabeth Johnson behind bars today. It remains to be seen whether Johnson will actually reveal the true location of baby Gabriel
Crimestoppers is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of 8 month old Gabriel Johnson. If you have any information, please call 1-800-843-5678.