3 missing children found safe; AMBER Alert cancelled and parents in custody charged with child abduction

Virginia authorities cancelled an AMBER Alert Wednesday afternoon after three children missing since Tuesday were safely located and their parents were in custody, Virginia State Police said.

John Varion Allison and Ruby Marie Allison vanished with 6-year-olds Cameron and Emma and 21-month-old Colin Tuesday afternoon as the Roanoke County Department of Social Services was trying to remove the children from their parents’ custody, as CrimeOnline previously reported.

When social workers arrived at the home, they found no one there. Roanoke Police Chief Howard Hall told WSLS that the social workers reached the Allisons by phone, but they were uncooperative.

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State Police said that John Allison turned himself into police around 10 a.m. Wednesday at his attorney’s office in Salem. At that time, they recovered a 2006 Cadillac that had been associated with the parents. The mother and the children, however, remained at large at that time.

#Virginia AMBER Alert CANCELLED: Missing Roanoke County, Virginia children have been SAFELY LOCATED & Ruby Allison is in…

Posted by Virginia State Police on Tuesday, April 21, 2020


A few hours later, police announced that the children had been located. WSLS reported that the South Carolina Highway Patrol stopped Ruby Allison on Interstate 95 near Florence and took her into custody. She is in jail in South Carolina awaiting extradition.

Virginia authorities had initially believed the family was heading to Florida but then learned that Ruby may have turned around and was heading back to Virginia. Police said the children will be brought back to the county department of social services.

It wasn’t clear why social services was taking custody of the children.

John and Ruby Allison are both charged with child abduction.

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