Missing Tennessee Teen Daphne Westbrook May Be In New Mexico: Believed To Be Held In Santa Fe


A Tennessee man charged with kidnapping is suspected of holding his 17-year old daughter in Santa Fe. 

John Oliver Westbrook kidnapped his daughter, Daphne Westbrook, in October 2019. Daphne disappeared, along with her dogs, Fern and Strawberry, from Chattanooga after failing to return home from a weekend visit with her dad. 

Daphne is being held against her will, unable to communicate with the outside world. Our investigation shows she is endangered both physically and mentally.

Last month, Daphne’s Bible was found in a trash can outside Trader Joe’s on West Cordova Road. Other investigative leads show her dad is frequently shopping in Santa Fe stores. 

John Oliver Westbrook is an IT expert specializing in security, block chain technology, and bit coin. He is communicating in a way that’s almost impossible to trace, which makes it extremely difficult for investigators to generate significant leads in this case. We know he is earning money contracting with small businesses to do computer security work.

We believe Westbrook does occasionally take Daphne to ride horses so we appeal to the New Mexico horsing community to be alert.

Daphne is increasingly at serious risk of physical and emotional danger and we need your help to find her. Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies is working with the Hamilton County District Attorney to help bring Daphne home. However, we request that any media questions be directed to the contact on this release. 

If you’ve seen Daphne, her father, or her dogs please immediately contact the following: . 

Hamilton County, TN DA’s Office                                    1st Judicial DA’s Office Santa Fe

1-423-209-7415                                                                 Investigations Tip Line: 1-505-428-6926

DAPHNE TIPS email:                                                          CID TIPS email: 

FindingDaphne@hcdatn.org                                           1stdainvestigations@da.state.nm.us