A missing two-year-old boy from Virginia has been found safe Monday afternoon, over 24 hours after the FBI and state and local law enforcement said an unknown abductor allegedly lured the child from a small-town church the day before.
Noah Gabriel Trout, 2, is now in the hands of FBI agents and Virginia State Police tactical team members, the Giles County Sheriff’s Office announced before 2 p.m. ET Monday. A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET to provide more information.
“Thanks again to our partners with the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Virginia State Police, VA ABC Enforcement, Pearisburg Police Department, and NCMEC,” sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.
The boy was abducted around noon Sunday from Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, an unincorporated community in Giles County, according to Virginia State Police, which issued an Amber Alert on behalf of the sheriff’s office.
He was last seen on Big Stony Creek Road in Ripplemead and was believed to be in “extreme danger,” the FBI had said.
Law enforcement agencies released a photo allegedly showing Noah being led from the church by the suspect, whose back is turned from the camera and face cannot be seen. The boy is White with blond hair and blue eyes, stands 2-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 33 pounds.
The FBI Richmond Field Office, which is assisting local and state law enforcement on the case, said the investigation revealed a discrepancy in what was previously reported for part of Noah’s clothing. The child’s shirt was changed prior to going to church, authorities said.
“The shirt he was wearing is similar to the one below, except in royal blue,” the FBI said, sharing a photo of a similar garment but in green. It was previously reported Noah was wearing a gray shirt.
The photo of Noah at the church shows he was also wearing an orange jacket.
The suspect, who has yet to be identified by authorities, was possibly wearing a blue jacket with blue jeans, black tennis shoes and a black knitted stocking cap.
It’s unclear whether the child’s alleged abductor is male or female.
The FBI and Virginia State Police have said the suspect was male, but the Giles County Sheriff’s Office said in recent posts to the agency’s Facebook page that an unknown female was wanted
The child and his abductor were believed to have been traveling in a dark-colored SUV or van.
Anyone who spotted them were directed to call 911 or the Giles County Sheriff’s Office at 540-921-3842. The sheriff’s office also set up an anonymous tip line for the case at 540-696-6013.