Missing Virginia girl Isabel Hicks found safe after 9 days, alleged abductor in custody, police say

The Virginia police have found missing Virginia girl Isabel Hicks, 14, on Wednesday night unharmed within a vehicle along with the man accused of abducting her.

Bruce Lynch, 33, who was wanted over one felony abduction charge, was taken behind bars by the police following a 9-day search which also included the FBI.

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office put up a Facebook post to inform that the car with Bruce Lynch and Isabel Hicks was spotted and stopped by the police in Caroline County post a pursuit. Lynch was arrested and Isabel Hicks had been spotted unharmed inside the vehicle, read the post.

Hicks disappeared from her Bumpass home at about 1am on 21 October. The FBI had joined the probe the next day. An Amber Alert was issued on 25 October by the investigators when they learned that Lynch possessed a firearm and had suicidal ideations as well.

A report by WTVR-TV described Lynch as a former boyfriend of Isabel’s mom. Reportedly, it was believed that Isabel left with Lynch willingly.

The two surfaced shortly on Monday when they took a halt at the house of Lisa Harper, Lynch’s mom, in Montpelier, reported the station. Lisa told the news outlet about how she warned her son to turn himself in or else she would contact the police. Hicks and Lynch ran outside, into the woods close by, and Lisa informed the police immediately.

By Robert Thatcher

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