UPDATE: Missing Virginia girl found safe, suspected abductor in custody

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UPDATE (October 30, 2019 10:24 p.m.):

WRIC in Virginia reports that the search for missing 14-year-old Isabel Hicks ended Wednesday night after authorities with the Virginia State Police said that she was found safely.

Authorities released this statement about the search and the on-going investigation of the event.

“The Virginia AMBER Alert for Isabel Hicks and Bruce Lynch has been canceled as both have been located in Virginia. Miss Hicks has been safely located and Lynch taken into custody. The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office will provide an update shortly. Please be patient, as they’re still in the midst of the investigation and arrest.”

According to WRIC, a family friend explained that Hicks and Lynch were taken into custody without incident following a traffic stop.

Investigators believe Hicks was with her mother’s ex-boyfriend, identified as 33-year-old Bruce Lynch. It was revealed Wednesday afternoon that Hicks was believed to be ‘unharmed,’ an FBI spokesperson said.


ORIGINAL (October 27, 2019 5:49 p.m.):

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Federal authorities believe a missing teen from Virginia may have been taken to West Virginia.

Special agents from the FBI in Richmond said that 14-year-old Isabel Hicks was last seen at her home in Virginia on October 21. Hicks is white with blond hair and blue eyes, weighing 120 pounds and just under 5 feet tall.

She is believed to be with 34-year-old Bruce Lynch. Lynch is 5’10, 190 pounds with brown hair and eyes and a beard. He is believed to be driving a sliver Toyota Matrix with Virginia plate VEM 9071.

Lynch is considered armed and potentially dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call the FBI’s Richmond Division at (804) 261-1044.

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