Isabel Hicks, (photo), a 14-year-old girl from Virginia, whose authorities believe it might have been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend of her mother, was found safely Wednesday night
A 14-year-old girl in Virginia who thought she had been abducted by her mother's ex-boyfriend was found safe on Wednesday night.
Isabel Hicks and her alleged abductor Bruce Lynch were put in a car in Caroline County. Another driver saw the suspect's vehicle and immediately contacted the police, WTVR reported.
The teenager and 33-year-old Lynch turned out not to be injured and an Amber warning for information about her whereabouts was canceled by the police.
& # 39; The Louisa County Sheriff office is pleased to report that the vehicle with Isabel Hicks and Bruce Lynch was located after a chase in Caroline County, & # 39; said Louisa County Sheriff detective Chuck Love.
& # 39; Bruce Lynch has been detained and Isabel Hicks has been located and appears unharmed. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Lynch & # 39; s mother had made a desperate call to her son to turn in to the authorities earlier on Wednesday.
Lisa Harper saw the couple late Monday night when they arrived at her home and knocked on the door. She said CBS 6: & # 39; I said they can't be here – they are wanted, & # 39; said Harper.
Isabel Hicks and her alleged abductor Bruce Lynch (photo) were put in a car in Caroline County after another driver saw the suspect's vehicle and called the police
& # 39; I couldn't believe it. I could not believe it. My eyes widened and I told him he had an ultimatum. Report yourself or I'll call the police. & # 39;
Lynch and Hicks ran into the forest and Harper called the police, she claims. Within minutes, officers showed up to search the area.
Isabel Hicks was last seen in her parental home in Louisa County before she disappeared sometime after 9:00 PM on October 21, researchers say.
The FBI of the Richmond division had joined the search for the child and Lynch. It is currently unknown whether Isabel voluntarily went with the man.
Lynch was considered armed and potentially dangerous. Authorities had not asked anyone who encountered the couple to approach them but to call the police.
Researchers claimed that Hicks and Lynch had succeeded in preventing detection by camping in wooded areas.
Louisa County Sheriff & # 39; s Office confirmed that the car was located with Isabel Hicks and Bruce Lynch and stopped in Caroline County after a chase on Wednesday night
Isabel Hicks was last seen in her parental home in Louisa County before she disappeared sometime after 9:00 PM on October 21, researchers say
Officers said the child was in the company of Bruce Lynch, a 34-year-old white man from Bumpass, who previously dated several years with Isabel & # 39; s mother, Courtney Lewis (right), dating from at least 2014
The police have not confirmed the connection between Hicks and Lynch, but social media reports show that Lynch once had a relationship with Isabel & # 39; s mother, Courtney Lewis – between at least 2014 and 2017 – and had known the girl since she was nine year was old.
Lynch is believed to have driven a silver-blue Toyota Matrix, with a Virginia license plate marked "VEM-9071."
A photo shared by the Louis County Sheriff office showed Lynch and Isabel together on what appears to be a family vacation or outing.
Lynch & # 39; s mother Lisa Harper had made a desperate call to her son to turn in to the authorities
Courtney Lewis broke into tears when she begged on Thursday evening at a press conference in Virginia for her 14-year-old daughter, Isabel Hicks, to return. & # 39; Isabel, I love you and I want you to come home, & # 39; said the girl's mother. Her brother Blake Saylor also appeared
Meanwhile, Isabel's mother and elder brother, along with law enforcement officials, appeared at a press conference to plead last week for the safe return of the teenager.
& # 39; Isabel, I love you and I want you to come home, & # 39; said the girl's mother, Courtney Lewis, wiping her tears away. & # 39; And just let me know you're fine. & # 39;
& # 39; We miss you very much and we want you to come home, & # 39; said the girl's brother, Blake Saylor. & # 39; Please let us know that you are safe. I am still your big brother and I will love you forever. I just need my best friend back. Please contact me whenever you can. & # 39;
Lynch was supposed to drive a silver-blue Toyota Matrix with a Virginia license plate marked "VEM-9071"
The FBI of the Richmond division had joined the search for the child and Lynch. It is currently unknown whether Isabel voluntarily went with the man
Isabel's mother, Courtney, has also posted on Facebook several times since her daughter disappeared.
On Monday, 14 hours after she was reported missing, she said, "Please, please all hunters around us, please go to your country, he has brought camping / hunting gear so that they can be in the woods."
Lynch & cousin, Matthew Lynch, told DailyMail.com that he hasn't seen Bruce since 2016, but says the 34-year-old has no criminal history he knows.
"It has always been very mild in nature and very nice that I know," said Matthew. "I tried to reach him after I received some information (about the disappearance) but he never opened or responded to my message."
Matthew said that Lynch seemed to be online for less than an hour before sending the message Monday at 12.50 pm, but since then he is no longer online.
"So I think it's just a misunderstanding," he continued.
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