TBI Searches For People That Talked To Willis Prior To Arrest

Posted at 3:50 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 16:54:15-04

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have asked for the public's help as they look into where Toby Willis had traveled and who he was in contact with prior to his arrest.

Willis is the patriarch of the country family band "The Willis Clan." Willis is the father of 12 children who play instruments and dance. The family was the center of a TLC reality TV show called The Willis Clan.

Toby was arrested Friday in Greenville, Kentucky where TBI agents said he had traveled in order to avoid being arrested.

He was charged with one count of Rape of a Child. Agents said Willis had a sexual encounter approximately 12 years ago with an underage female.

TLC released the following statement:

TLC did not renew The Willis Family and new episodes have not aired since April 2016.  We are shocked to hear this news.

TBI officials said Wills hitchhiked sometime between Monday, September 5 and Tuesday, September 6 from Shepherdsville, Kentucky, just south of Louisville, to Greenville, approximately 115 miles away.

Agents believed two people gave him a ride, but haven't been able to interview those drivers.

They have asked those drivers to come forward so that they can provide agents with more information into Willis' case.

Anyone with information on Wills or the days prior to his arrest were asked to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Willis was still being held at the Muhlenberg County Jail on a Fugitive from Justice warrant.

He waived extradition during a court hearing earlier Monday and was expected to soon be transported to Cheatham County, where once booked. He was set to be held in the Cheatham County Jail without bond.