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LEBANON (WVVA) - The Russell County Sheriff's Office has released more details on the incidents that led to Thursday night's Amber Alert.

Following is the full news release:

LEBANON, Va. – A Russell County, Va., man is being held without bond on child abuse and abduction charges following an AMBER Alert activation for his son. Jimmy D. Guinn, 67, is being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon, Va., on one felony count of child abuse and one felony count of child abduction.

On Wednesday (March 19, 2014) Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn, 11, of Russell County, Va., left school on his own accord. When no one was able to locate him Thursday, the Russell County Sheriff's Office began investigating his disappearance. Further investigation led the sheriff's office to confirm Lucas was with his father, Jimmy D. Guinn, and believed to be in imminent danger.

Thursday, the Russell County Sheriff's Office then requested the Virginia State Police to activate a Virginia AMBER Alert to find Lucas. Within minutes of the activation, calls and tips began coming in to the sheriff's office and state police about possible sightings of the suspect vehicle, a tractor-trailer with a purple cab and the words "Snowbird Trucking" on the side of the trailer.

During the course of the investigation, Russell County investigators have determined that Lucas had been taken to Michigan and traveled back through West Virginia since his initial disappearance.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Friday (March 21, 2014), a tip was called in about the tractor-trailer being seen on Interstate 81 in Washington County, Va. A Washington County Sheriff's Deputy stopped the tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of I-81 near the 10 mile marker and safely recovered Lucas. His father was taken into custody without incident.

The incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

During the course of the search and investigation, the Russell County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, Michigan State Police, City of Detroit, Mich. Police, West Virginia State Police, FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.


(WVVA) - An Amber Alert for a missing 11-year-old in Southwest Virginia has been canceled.

Following is from the Virginia State Police:

The search for Lucas Guinn and his abductor, Jimmy D. Guinn, ended Friday morning with their discovery during a traffic stop in Southwest Virginia. Lucas Guinn, 11, was safely recovered during that traffic stop. Jimmy Guinn, 67, was taken into custody without incident. The Sheriff extends his sincere appreciation to the public for their vigilance during the AMBER Alert activation and the many tips and leads called in to assist with the search.


LEBANON (WVVA) - An Amber Alert has been issued in Russell County for an abducted 11-year-old boy possibly headed to West Virginia or Ohio.

11-year-old Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn is believed to have been abducted by Jimmy Donald Guinn. They may be in a purple tractor-trailer from 'Snow Bird Trucking' or a large-style burgundy pickup truck.

The following information is from the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

The Virginia State Police and Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse have issued an AMBER Alert for a child abduction on behalf of the Russell County Sheriff's Office on 03/20/2014 at 11:15 a.m. The Russell County Sheriff's Office is looking for Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn. The child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen at Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon, Virginia. The child was likely abducted by Jimmy Donald Guinn. They may be traveling in a 2004 tractor freightliner, purple, Virginia tag 78471PY. The suspect might have abandoned the freightliner truck and could be in a large style burgundy pickup diesel truck. Possibly heading northbound towards West Virginia or Ohio.

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Russell County Sheriff's Office at 1-276-889-8033 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.


Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn:

Age Now: 11 years-old
Sex: Male
Race: White
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 4 feet 8 inches
Weight: 84 pounds
Description: The child's date of birth is 07/24/2002. He was last seen wearing a red and black shirt and blue jean pants.


Jimmy Donald Guinn:

Age Now: 67 years-old
Sex: Male
Race: White
Hair Color: Brown/partially Gray
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Weight: 235 pounds

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