From staff reports
Virginia State Police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing Louisa County teen who law enforcement officials believe was abducted from her Bumpass home early in the morning of Oct. 21.
State police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse issued the alert Friday evening for Isabel Shae Hicks, 14, who is believed to have been abducted by Bruce William Lynch, 33, also of Bumpass.
“Lynch is believed to be armed with a 9mm [handgun] and had recent suicidal ideations,” the alert states. “They are believed to be traveling in a 2003 Toyota Matrix blue and silver in color with Virginia tag VEM-9071.”
The alert states Lynch may have switched license plates to UXW-3614 or 249-9UT.
Lynch is described by police as a white man with brown hair and brown eyes, a beard, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and about 190 pounds.
Hicks is described as a white girl with blond hair, blue eyes about 4 feet, 11 inches tall and 120 pounds.
“Information received appears they may be traveling out of state and staying in areas where they could camp,” the alert states.
An Amber alert is broadcast across the country as well as the region in hopes that citizens as well as police may be able to locate missing children. To issue an alert, a law enforcement agency must believe the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death and have investigated enough to eliminate alternative reasons the child may be missing.
FBI agents joined Louisa County Sheriff’s Office deputies earlier this week in looking for Hicks.
Although they have declined to release much information about the abduction other than its occurrence, Sheriff’s Maj. Donald Lowe said investigators realized quickly that Hicks’ disappearance was “more than what it initially appeared to be” and asked for help from the FBI and the Virginia State Police.
“The entire community is concerned about Isabel and would like to see her come home,” he said. “She is loved, and everybody is worried about her.”
Lynch should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. Anyone who sees the vehicle, Lynch or Hicks is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (540) 967-1234 or dial 911.