OKLAHOMA CITY -The father of a missing 7-year-old girl whose mother was found slain called for the girl's safe return, and authorities asked law enforcement agencies in several western states to be on the lookout for the girl and her mother's estranged husband.

A teary-eyed J.J. Johnson said at a news conference Monday that his daughter, Aja Daniell Johnson, needed to take her medication, and he made a public plea to the man believed to have taken the girl to give her back.

"Please Lester, if you're listening, anybody who knows where she is, please take her to a safe spot," Johnson said, referring to Lester Hobbs, the estranged husband of Aja's mother, Tonya Hobbs. "I'll see that she's picked up with no questions asked.

"She's only been seven years old for 20 days."

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