The man believed to have abducted a 14-year-old girl who vanished from her Virginia home last week was recently in a relationship with the girl’s mother.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, an AMBER Alert was issued for Isabel Hicks, 14, who was last seen in the early morning hours of October 21 in her Louisa, Virginia, home. Hicks is believed to be in the company of 34-year-old Bruce Lynch, who police have said is armed and dangerous. According to CBS News 6, authorities suspect the pair may be hiding out in rural West Virginia.
As reported by People magazine, sources told CBS News 6 that Lynch is Isabel’s mother’s ex-boyfriend, who lived in a home with both mother and daughter until he was kicked out a month ago.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities believe Isabel Hicks is in extreme danger, as Lynch is believed to be suicidal and carrying a weapon.
“Suspect believed to be armed and dangerous in possession of a 9MM handgun. Suspect had recent suicidal ideations,” state police said in the AMBER Alert issued Friday, the same day the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office issued a felony abduction warrant against Lynch.
It is not clear how long Lynch was in a relationship with Isabel’s mother, or why he was kicked out of the home. The sources who spoke to CBS News 6 reportedly said they do not believe the teen left with Lynch against her will.
The FBI has joined the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office in the search effort.
The pair is believed to be traveling in a silver-blue 2003 Toyota Matrix, blue/silver with Virginia tag VEM9071 or Virginia UXW3614 or 249-9UT. The vehicle is reportedly missing its right rear door handle.
Lynch is described as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes and a beard;, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds.
Isabel Hicks is white with blonde hair and blue eyes; 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 120 pounds.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 261-1044, or the Richmond Division of the FBI at (804) 261-1044.
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