AMBER Alert: URGENT search for missing toddler girl, police find suspected abductor’s car abandoned **FOUND SAFE**


A North Carolina toddler girl has been found safe after a Sunday AMBER Alert. The suspects was arrested by the  U.S. Marshals and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, according to authorities.

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North Carolina authorities are searching for a little girl who disappeared from her Gastonia home Sunday morning, along with the man they suspect kidnapped her.

WCOSTV reports 3-year-old Destiny Boykins was abducted from her family’s apartment in Gastonia on Sunday, allegedly by 57-year-old Maurice Knox. Police said they believe Knox was headed to a home off of Wingate Avenue in Charlotte. They found a Honda Accord, the car reportedly used to take the little girl, abandoned off of Interstate 77 and Westinghouse Boulevard.

Destiny was last seen wearing purple pajama pants with animal prints, pink socks, and a lavender top with dots. She’s described as a black female who stands 3-feet-10-inches tall and weighs around 30 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair.

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Knox is a black male who stands 6-feet and weighs around 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing red shoes, red pants, and a long-sleeve red shirt. He was also wearing black-rimmed glasses.

“He wears red all the time. Red shoes. I don’t know if it’s his favorite hockey team, but I’ve seen him quite a bit,” neighbor Barbara Clisby told the station.

Anyone with any information on the pair’s whereabouts is urged to contact Gastonia police at 704-866-6702 or call 911.

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[Feature Photo: Destiny Boykins, Maurice Knox/Police Handout]