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UPDATE: Atwell in Custody, Daughter safe

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PRINCETON (WVVA)-- The search for a man accused of killing his wife and abducting the couple's daughter came to an end Saturday.

The West Virginia State Police held a press conference at 7 p.m. Saturday to confirm that Tracy Lee Atwell, 38, was caught at 4:45 p.m. near the intersection of Nubbins Ridge Road and Egeria Road in Spanishburg. Police say they were able to track Atwell through the cell phone he used to call his parents.

Police say his 8-year-old daughter, Porsche, was found safe. She was taken to Princeton Community Hospital, but was physically unharmed. Police said the two had been living off of candy bars, Laffy Taffy, and a bottle of water inside the vehicle Atwell allegedly took from his parents.

An amber alert was issued for Porsche Thursday evening, shortly after the discovery of her mother's body was made.

Atwell is being charged with Murder, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Concealment of a child, and Grand Larceny.

He was arraigned in magistrate court on all charges except the murder charge. He is now being held at Southern Regional Jail.

CAMP CREEK W.Va. (WVVA)--- After a press conference Saturday afternoon Tracey Atwell's father, Willard Atwell said that his son choked Christina Atwell to death when he killed her.

He also said that he then tried to kill himself after killing her.

During the press conference Willard pleaded to his son to bring Porshia back safely to them.

Willard said that it is out of character for his son to do something like this, but also said that he is bipolar.

The search continues for Tracey and Porshia, State Police say that Atwell called his home yesterday afternoon to talk with his parents but they were not home but talked to his sister.

CAMP CREEK, W.Va. (AP) -- State Police are still searching for a southern West Virginia man accused of killing his wife and abducting his daughter.

Trooper A.P. Christian said Friday that authorities believe Tracey Lee Atwell is still in the state. Police won't say what leads them to believe that because it could hinder their investigation. They also note he could be in neighboring Virginia within minutes.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert Thursday evening for 8-year-old Porshia Atwell. Her father is wanted on murder, kidnapping and robbery charges.

Media outlets say Atwell is accused of tying up his parents and taking his daughter from their home in Camp Creek. The parents have custody.

Police found the body of Atwell's wife, 33-year-old Christina Marie Atwell, at his home.

Police say Atwell is considered armed and dangerous.

 
PRINCETON (WVVA) - Police have identified the victim in Thursday's slaying in the Rock area.
 
Police said Christina Marie Atwell, 33, was found dead Thursday at a home on Browning School Road. The information was released in a news conference at the State Police barracks Thursday morning.
 
Police would not comment on how Atwell was killed. They believe she was killed 2-3 days before the discovery of the body on Thursday.
 
Police believe Atwell was killed by her husband, Tracey Atwell, before he allegedly kidnapped their daughter, Porshia from her grandparents' home in the Camp Creek area.
 
Tracey Atwell remains at large and Amber Alert remains in effect for 8-year-old Porchia Atwell.
 
Police say the suspect and juvenile were sighted in Princeton Thursday afternoon, but no sightings have been reported since.
 
Sgt. Melissa Clemons tells WVVA News police believe Atwell and his daughter may still be in the area. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.
 
If you have any information, contact authorities immediately.
 
WVVA.com will continue provide updates as they become available.
 
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CAMP CREEK (WVVA) - An Amber Alert was issued for an 8-year-old Mercer County girl after police say her father.
 
Police say Tracey Atwell took his daughter, Porshia, after allegedly killing his wife at a home on Browning School Road in Rock Thursday afternoon.
 
Police say Atwell then tied up his parents at their home on Beckley Road in the Spanishburg area and took the girl in the grandparents' white 1999 Jeep Cherokee Laredo.
 
Porshia is described as 4'2" 75 pounds with strawberry blonde hair.
 
Tracey is considered armed and dangerous. He is described as 6'2", 180 pounds with short black hair.
 
The Jeep has a West Virginia license plate No. 6C3202.
 
If you have any information on the girl's whereabouts, contact the West Virginia State Police at 304-425-2101, your local authorities or 911 immediately.
 
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Amber Alert Statement: ABDUCTED
CHILD IN PRINCETON...MERCER COUNTY. THE WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE
ARE LOOKING FOR PORSHIA ATWELL...A WHITE...FEMALE...8 YEARS
OLD...FOUR FEET TWO INCHES TALL...75 POUNDS. THE CHILD WAS LAST
SEEN AT CAMP CREEK...WEST VIRGINIA...AND IS BELIEVED TO BE IN
EXTREME DANGER. THE CHILD WAS LAST SEEN WEARING UNKNOWN CLOTHING.
AUTHORITIES ADVISE THE CHILD WAS LIKELY ABDUCTED BY HER
FATHER...TRACEY LEE ATWELL...A 49 YEAR OLD MALE...6 FEET 2 INCHES
TALL...180 POUNDS...WITH HAZEL EYES.

THEY MAY BE TRAVELING IN A WHITE JEEP CHEROKEE LAREDO...WITH A
WEST VIRGINIA LICENSE PLATE NUMBER 6C...3202.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE WHEREABOUTS OF PORSHIA
ATWELL...PLEASE CONTACT WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AT
304...425...2101. OR YOUR LOCAL 911...OR *SP ON YOUR CELL PHONE.

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