Virginia teen who vanished in the middle of the night with her mom’s ex-boyfriend, ten days ago is found safe and her adult abductor was taken into custody on Wednesday night in a neighboring county
14-year-old Isabel Hicks was last seen in her family home in Louisa County on October 21 and it is believed to have been abducted by her mother’s ex-boyfriend
Bruce Lynch, 34, also from Bumpass, who is believed to have dated Isabel’s mother from 2014 and 2017 at least
Lynch had known the teen since she was nine, authorities believe she went with him willingly
Hicks and her alleged captor were stopped following a car chase in Caroline County after another driver spotted the pair in Lynch’s car on Wednesday
Lynch’s mother, Lisa Harper said her son appeared in her home Monday with the teen and she begged him to surrender to authorities, she called cops and the pair disappeared into the woods
A 14-year-old girl from Louisa County, Virginia declared missing ten days ago was found, safe, police announced on Wednesday night.
Isabel Hicks is believed to have been abducted by her mother’s ex-boyfriend after midnight on October 21. Authorities raised an Amber alert with a description of the car the alleged abductor was driving.
The teenager was rescued in Caroline County and her mother’s ex Bruce Lynch taken into custody Wednesday after another driver saw the pair in the suspect’s vehicle and immediately contacted police, WTVR reported.
The teenager and 34-year-old Lynch did not appear to be injured and an Amber alert for information on her whereabouts was cancelled by police.
‘The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is happy to report that the vehicle with Isabel Hicks and Bruce Lynch was located and stopped in Caroline County after a pursuit,’ Louisa County Sheriff’s Detective Chuck Love said.
‘Bruce Lynch was taken into custody and Isabel Hicks was located and appears unharmed.’
Bruce Lynch, [photo], was arrested Wednesday and the 14-year-old girl Isabel Hicks he alleged kidnapped was rescued, after a car chase in Caroline County after another driver spotted Lynch’s Toyota Matrix and called police
Meanwhile Lynch’s mother had made a desperate appeal to her son to hand himself in to authorities earlier on Wednesday.
Lisa Harper saw the pair late on Monday night when they arrived at her home and knocked on the door: ‘I told them they can’t be here – they’re wanted,’ Harper told CBS 6.
‘I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. My eyes got real wide and I told him he has an ultimatum. Either turn himself in or I’m calling the police.’
Lynch and Hicks ran into the woods and Harper called police, she claims. Within minutes officers showed up to conduct a search of the area.
Amber alert for Isabelle Hicks after she ran off with Bruce Lynch
Louisa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the car with Isabel Hicks had been recovered inand Bruce Lynch was in custody after a car chase in Caroline County on Wednesday night
Officers said the child was in the company of Bruce Lynch, a 34-year-old white male also from Bumpass, who has known the girl since she was nine-years-old, formerly dated Isabel’s mother, Courtney Lewis for a number of years, dating back to at least 2014.
At the time Lynch was believed to have been driving a silver blue Toyota Matrix, with a Virginia licence plate reading ‘VEM-9071.’
A photograph shared by the Louis County Sheriff’s Office showed Lynch and Isabel together on what appears to be a family vacation or outing.
‘Isabel, I love you and I want you to come home,’ the girl’s mother, Courtney Lewis, said, wiping away tears. ‘And just let me know you’re OK.’
‘We miss you very much and we want you to come home,’ the girl’s brother, Blake Saylor, said. ‘Please just let us know you are safe however you can. I’m still your big brother and I’ll love you forever. I just need my best friend back. Please contact me however whenever you can.’
On Monday, 14 hours after she was reported missing, she said: ‘Please, please all hunters around us please go check your land he took camping/hunting gear so they may be in the woods.’
34-year-old Bruce Lynch is not known to have a criminal past. a family member said.
‘He’s always been very mild nature and very kind that I know,’ his cousin Matthew Lynch said.
‘I tried to reach out to him after I was sent some information [about the disappearance] but he never opened nor responded to my message.’
Matthew said Lynch appeared to be online less than an hour before he sent the message at 12.50pm Monday, but he hasn’t been online since.
‘So my thought is I hope it’s just a misunderstanding,’ he continued.