AMBER ALERT UPDATE: Missing WV girl found safe

4-year-old believed to be in extreme danger

AMBER ALERT UPDATE: Missing WV girl found safe
Authorities say they believe Gracelynn Scritchfield was taken by her biological father Arlie Hetrick III. (Source: West Virginia State Police)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Northern District of West Virginia, 4-year-old Gracelynn June Scritchfield has been found safe in Pecos, Texas on Tuesday, July 30.

According to Marshals, her biological father, Arlie Edward Hetrick III was taken into custody on federal and state charges.

Marshals found the two thanks to a lead sent by investigators in West Virginia.

According to information from DPS, someone reported contact with the suspect at a gas station in Williams, near Flagstaff, on Tuesday, July 30.

The vehicle involved in the alleged abduction of 4-year-old girl Gracelynn Scritchfield was sighted last week in Navajo County, in northeastern Arizona. This sighting prompted Arizona authorities to activate an amber alert on July 23.

Scritchfield had been missing since July 6. Police believed she was abducted by her father, Hetrick.

West Virginia State Police also believed she was in extreme danger. No information was provided to explain why they believed so.

Anyone who has any information related to this case is asked to call the West Virginia State Police at (304) 627 2300.

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