A Tennessee girl who was abducted from her home Tuesday and listed as being in “extreme danger” has been found, the FBI says. Her alleged kidnapper is in custody.
Grace Galliher was taken from her home in Bristol, Tennessee on Tuesday, the Knoxville FBI said in a statement.
After a day-long search, the FBI posted on Twitter Thursday morning that the suspect was in custody in Tennessee and the 17-year-old victim is safe.
Galliher was reportedly taken by 52-year-old Richard Tester, who was said to be traveling with the girl in a blue 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer with Tennessee plates, pictured below, according to the FBI.
Before taking the suspect into custody, the pair had been last seen at a motel in Marion, Virginia, and the FBI thought they were traveling north on Interstate 81. Marion is approximately 45 miles from Bristol.
Knoxville FBI and local police blasted social media with alerts over the past day notifying the public that Galliher had been taken and was in danger.
The Virginia Police issued an AMBER alert on Thursday, telling the public that Galliher was “in extreme danger,” Fox News reported.
It is unclear where or how Tester and Galliher were found. The Knoxville FBI could not be immediately reached for comment.
[Photo: Knoxville FBI]