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AMBER Alert ends after Virginia boy found in Pikeville, father arrested

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Patrick County, Va/Pikeville, Ky (WYMT) - An AMBER Alert has ended after a missing Virginia boy was found in Pike County.

Police say they found Tommy Engle in Pikeville with his father, also named Tommy Engle.

The father is currently lodged in the Pike County Detention Center.

[See below for release from Patrick County Sheriff’s Office]

Tommy Lee Able Engle, the three year old missing child from Patrick County, has been safely located in Pikeville, Kentucky according to Patrick Sheriff Dan Smith. An Amber Alert was issued at 6:10 PM yesterday for the child after a string of events stemming from a domestic disturbance between the child’s parents. The child’s father, Tommy Lee Travis Engle, 34, was taken into custody without incident at 12:50 PM by law enforcement officers in Pikeville, Kentucky. Smith said that he was contacted by the elder Engle via cell phone shortly after midnight and that dialogue continued throughout the early morning hours until he was apprehended. “During the conversations with Engle, he would tell us that the child was fine, he let us talk to his son and he would send us text message pictures of the child,” the Sheriff said. “I felt much better about the situation once we were able to talk about a resolution.” Smith said that Engle has family in Pikeville, Kentucky and that he is currently being held in the Pike County Jail awaiting extradition back to Patrick County. Engle is currently wanted on two felony assault charges against the child’s mother. Smith said that multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in the coordinated effort to find the child.

Daniel M. Smith, Sheriff
Patrick County Sheriff’s Office
742 Commerce Street
Stuart, VA 24171
276-694-3161

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An AMBER Alert has been issued for a three year old boy out of Patrick County, Virginia.

Police say Tommy Engle was abducted by his father, Tommy Lee Travis Engle.

The father has made threats to harm the child and himself.

He was last seen in a navy blue Dodge Neon.

Anyone with information is asked to call Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.


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