VIRGINIA (WAVY) – An AMBER Alert was cancelled Wednesday afternoon for three-year-old Tommy Lee Able Engle, after he and his father were found in Kentucky.
The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office was looking for the child Tuesday, who was said to have been abducted by his father, 34-year-old Tommy Lee Travis Engle. The child was believed to have been in extreme danger, at the time.
Corinne Geller with Virginia State Police said the AMBER Alert was terminated Wednesday at 1:52 p.m. when the child was safely recovered in Pikeville, Kentucky. The Sheriff’s office said the alert had been issued after a string of events that stemmed from a domestic disturbance involving the boy’s parents.
The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office said Tommy Lee Travis Engle was taken into custody without incident by law enforcement officials in Kentucky. Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said he was contacted by Engle via cell phone after midnight, and the dialogue continued throughout the early morning, 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.
According to Smith, Engle has family in Kentucky. He is being held in the Pike County Jail awaiting extradition to Patrick County. He is currently wanted on two felony assault charges against the child’s mother.
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