Virginia teen Isabel Hicks has returned to her home in Virginia after authorities apprehended the 14-year-old girl and her suspected abductor on Wednesday night.
Citing a police press conference Thursday, ABC News reports that a witness in Caroline County called the sheriff’s office after spotting a car that matched the description of an AMBER Alert issued Friday for Hicks and her suspected kidnapper, Bruce Lynch. Police subsequently located the car and apprehended the pair after a brief pursuit.
NEW: Video shows Bruce Lynch, 34, in handcuffs after he was located with missing 14-year-old Isabel Hicks during a traffic stop in Caroline County, Virginia, ending a multi-state manhunt that spanned over nine days; Authorities say Hicks was unharmed. https://t.co/9CTcD4Ue3M pic.twitter.com/fSMBDwZQ0N
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Lynch has been taken into custody and Hicks is now back at home, law enforcement officials said at the press conference. The FBI Richmond office released video of Lynch in handcuffs which was obtained by ABC News.
“She is at home. She’s tired and overwhelmed by everything,” Isabel’s family said in a statement read by Louisa County Sheriff Maj. Donald Lowe at the news conference. Lowe added that Isabel appeared to be unharmed.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, sources told local media that Lynch, whose age has been reported as both 33 and 34, had been in a relationship with Isabel’s mother and lived in their Bumpass home until about a month ago, when he was kicked out. The sources said that Isabel likely did not leave with Lynch against her will, but no more is yet known about their relationship.
Virginia State Police reportedly said in a statement read at the news conference that that law enforcement would soon provide additional details about the investigation. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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