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AMBER alert lifted: Russell Co. 11-year-old found during traffic stop

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The Russell County, Va. Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday morning that the abducted 11-year-old boy from Russell County has been found. Investigators say he was abducted by his father, Jimmy Donald Guinn, 67. The Russell County, Va. Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday morning that the abducted 11-year-old boy from Russell County has been found. Investigators say he was abducted by his father, Jimmy Donald Guinn, 67.
Jimmy Donald Guinn- Courtesy of Southwest Regional Jail in Abingdon, Va. Jimmy Donald Guinn- Courtesy of Southwest Regional Jail in Abingdon, Va.
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LEBANON, VA (WJHL) -

The Russell County, Va. Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday morning that the abducted 11-year-old boy from Russell County has been found.

The sheriff's office released a statement Friday morning that said "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."

News Channel 11’s Micah Smith spoke with Russell Co. Sheriff Steve Dye Friday, who said a someone called in a tip from Smyth County and told authorities that they had spotted a tractor trailer, which matched the description given in the AMBER alert.

A Washington County, Va. Sheriff’s Office deputy reportedly then followed up on the tip and found the truck pulled over in the area of Bristol Compressors International, Inc., with both Lucas and Jimmy Guinn inside.

According to a Russell County Sheriff's Office news release, Lucas reportedly left school on Wednesday and when no one was able to locate him on Thursday, the sheriff's office began investigating his disappearance.

Authorities reportedly received numerous tips and calls from the public and Russell County investigators later determined that Lucas had been taken to Michigan and traveled back through West Virginia since his initial disappearance, according to the release.

When they determined that Lucas had been taken by his father, Jimmy Guinn, and was reportedly believed to be in imminent danger, the sheriff's office requested the activation of an AMBER alert by the Virginia State Police 

Washington County, Va. Sheriff Fred Newman reportedly told Dye that Lucas Guinn, 11, was in good condition Friday and said that he had been placed in emergency custody with the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Guinn was charged with one felony count of child abuse and one felony count of child abduction. He was taken to Southwest Regional Jail in Abingdon, Va., where he was being held without bond.

According to Southwest Regional Jail in Abingdon, Va. records, Guinn's address was 5589 Lower Copper Creek Road, Castlewood, Va.

News Channel 11 ran a search of the address and found a match to Snowbird Trucking company.

According to a U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Licensing and Insurance Public document, Guinn was listed as the owner of the trucking company.

No information in regards to a court date for Guinn was available.

Authorities are reportedly still investigating the abduction and additional charges are pending.

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

News Channel 11’s Micah Smith will be following up on the AMBER alert investigation in Russell County, Va.

Keeping checking WJHL.com as more information becomes available.



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The Russell County, Virginia Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing 11 year-old boy who's believed to be in "extreme danger."

Virginia State Police say Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn was last seen at Lebanon Middle School in Lebanon, VA.   Lucas is described as being 4 feet 8 inches, weighing 84 lbs., with brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing a red and black shirt with blue jeans. 

Investigators say he was abducted by his father, Jimmy Donald Guinn, 67.   He's described as being 5 feet 11 inches, 225 lbs., with blue eyes and brown/partially gray hair.

"The child is in danger," said Investigator William Puckett, Russell County Sheriff's Office .  "The child is in the custody of his abuser.  And that's why we're actively seeking him at this time and child has suffered injuries since Monday of this week."

Puckett said a criminal investigation of child abuse involving the child started Wednesday.  Thursday morning, the case was before a Russell County judge.   "We finished up the investigation," Puckett said.  "The court issued the order to turn the child over the Department of Children's Services and now the wherabouts of the child and the father who is a suspect in his abuse are still unknown."

VSP says they may be traveling in a 2004 Purple Freightliner tractor, license 78471PY.   According to police, the truck may belong to Snowbird Trucking Company.

VSP says there is reason to believe the boy is in "extreme danger."

If you have any information that can help investigators call the Russell County Sheriff's Office at (276)-889-8033 or VSP at 1-800-822-4453. 

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