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Canceled AMBER Alert after 5-year-old boy located

Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 11:13 PM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - (UPDATE 6:30 a.m.) Virginia State Police has canceled the AMBER Alert for 5-year-old Bricen Kent Mwanawabene.

According to VSP, the boy has been located.

No further information was provided.

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An AMBER alert has been issued out of Charlottesville for a five-year-old boy believed to be abducted.

Police say Bricen Kent Mwanawabene was last seen at 1528 Cherry Avenue and is believed to have been abducted around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. He was wearing a grey long sleeve shirt, jeans, a blue puff coat, blue stocking cap, and black and green light up shoes.

Officers believe Kerlie Johnson Gage took him. She was last seen driving a 1997 red Honda CRV Virginia tag UMM-2229.

Call 911 if you see them. If you know anything, you can also call Crimestoppers at (434) 977-4000.

VSP Release January 18, 2021

The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse has issued an AMBER Alert on behalf of the Charlottesville Police Department, for a child abduction that occurred on January 17, 2021 at 1930 hours.

The child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen at 1528 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville VA.

Abducted is Bricen Kent Mwanawabene, Black, Male, Black hair, Brown eyes, 5 years old, 3 feet tall, weighing 45 lbs, Last seen wearing a grey long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, blue puff coat, blue stocking cap and black and green light up shoes.

The child is believed to have been abducted by Kerlie Johnson Gage, Black, Female, Black hair, Brown eyes, 5 foot 4 inches tall, weighing 250 lbs. Clothing description is unknown at this time.

Last seen driving a 1997 Red Honda CRV, VA tag UMM-2229.

For further information contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-977-4000 or visit Twitter.com/VSPalerts

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