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Abducted Orange County child back with parents

Virginia’s first AMBER Alert since 2012 produced quick results yesterday.

Amiyah M. Dallas, 5, of Orange, was located in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore within 27 minutes of an AMBER Alert activation by the Virginia State Police.

Her aunt, Olivia N. Dallas, 22, also of Orange, is being held in the Accomack County Jail on felony charges of abduction and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Amiyah was last seen in the aunt’s custody Tuesday on Mountain Track Road in Orange County. When the girl was not returned to her mother that day and the family was unable to contact the aunt, Amiyah was reported missing to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

During their investigation, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Olivia had been spotted Tuesday night in Queen Anne’s County, Md. Based on Olivia’s past history, according to State Police Sergeant Thomas Molinar, the Sheriff’s Office became seriously concerned for the child’s safety, and requested an AMBER Alert in hopes of safely locating the child.

The Amber Alert activation took place at 12:07 p.m. and within minutes, the Virginia State Police Communications Center received some 15 phone calls from the public in the Eastern Shore area reporting the location of the suspect’s vehicle, a burgundy 2001 C240 Mercedes.

Based on those tips, Virginia state Trooper A.D. Montross was searching for the vehicle along Accomack County’s State Route 13, and at 12:34 p.m. he spotted the automobile on the southbound shoulder near Painter, Va. The Mercedes had a flat tire, with Olivia Dallas in the driver’s seat, and Amiyah also seated in the vehicle.

Amiyah was reunited with her parents last night in Accomack County.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office, as well as the FBI, are continuing the investigation, Molinar said.

Dan McFarland:

dmcfarland@freelancestar.com

 

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