/Police rescue abducted teen girl; 34-year-old man taken into custody

Police rescue abducted teen girl; 34-year-old man taken into custody


A 14-year-old girl has been found safe Wednesday night almost 10 days after she went missing along with a 34-year-old man in Virginia.

Isabel Shae Hicks had last been seen on Oct. 21 at her home in Bumpass, Virginia, about 40 miles north of Richmond, police said.

She “appeared unharmed,” according to authorities.

Police had previously said she was believed to be traveling with Bruce Lynch, who was taken into police custody when Hicks was found late Wednesday. The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office said a vehicle the two were in was stopped in Caroline County, north of Richmond, “after a pursuit.”

He was spotted by an eyewitness with the teen in Hanover County on Monday and police previously said they feared the eighth-grader could be in extreme danger.

PHOTO: Isabel Hicks in an undated photo. FBI
Isabel Hicks in an undated photo.

Police said Lynch had altered his appearance, including shaving his beard and wearing new clothing, when he was seen with Hicks on Monday.

Authorities previously said that Lynch was known to the teen, but declined to discuss their relationship.

Hicks was located safe and an Amber Alert issued last week has been canceled, Virginia State Police said. Investigators did not provide details about where she was found, but they said they would offer offer more details as soon as possible.

PHOTO: Bruce Lynch, seen in this image altered by the FBI to show him without a beard, was taken into custody in the disappearance of 14-year-old Isabel Hicks on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.FBI Richmond
Bruce Lynch, seen in this image altered by the FBI to show him without a beard, was taken into custody in the disappearance of 14-year-old Isabel Hicks on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

“Miss Hicks has been safely located and Lynch taken into custody,” Virginia State Police said in a statement. “The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office will provide an update shortly … please be patient, as they’re still in the midst of the investigation and arrest.”

On Monday, investigators said there was no evidence to suggest that the teen had been taken forcefully.

ABC News’ Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

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