Amber Alert Canceled As Child Safely Found

By: WHSV Newsroom Email
By: WHSV Newsroom Email

SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA, (WHSV)-- Tommy Lee Able Engle, the 3-year-old missing child from Patrick County, has been safely located in Pikeville, Kentucky according to Patrick Sheriff Dan Smith.

An AMBER Alert was issued at 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday for the child after a string of events stemming from a domestic disturbance between the child's parents.

The child's father, Tommy Lee Travis Engle, 34, was taken into custody without incident at 12:50 p.m. by law enforcement officers in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Smith said that he was contacted by the elder Engle via cell phone shortly after midnight and that dialogue continued throughout the early morning hours 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. "I felt much better about the situation once we were able to talk about a resolution."

Smith said that Engle has family in Pikeville, Kentucky and that he is currently being held in the Pike County Jail awaiting extradition back to Patrick County.

Engle is currently wanted on two felony assault charges against the child's mother. Smith said that multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in the coordinated effort to find the child.


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