Authorities in West Virginia issued an AMBER Alert Monday for a 4-year-old girl who they said is in “extreme danger” and was likely abducted by her biological father.
According to WYFF, the Alert stated that Gracelynn June Scritchfield was last seen in Fairmont on July 6 and was believed to have been abducted by her father, Arlie Edward Hetrick III, 26.
However, the missing girl’s mother, Summer Scritchfield, told WHSV that Hetrick had taken their daughter on July 13 during a routine visit and failed to return her at 6 p.m. the following day. She claimed she called Hetrick at 6:30 p.m. on July 14 and he said that he decided to take their child on a week-long vacation.
Summer said she called police on July 19 when the pair didn’t return and she didn’t hear back from Hetrick.
The news station reported that Hetrick’s possibly traveling in a 2001 gold Subaru Forester with West Virginia license plate 1TH163. AZFamily.com reported that the vehicle was possibly spotted Tuesday in Arizona.
Gracelynn is described as being 3 feet tall, weighing 35 pounds, and having brown-blonde hair and blue eyes. Hetrick was said to be 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weigh 140 pounds, and have brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information regarding the pair’s whereabouts should call 911 or l West Virginia State Police at 304-367-2850.
[Featured image: Gracelynn June Scritchfield, Arlie Edward Hetrick III/National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]