UPDATE: Abductor’s boyfriend also charged in Noah Trout’s abduction; Giles County church issues statement on events surrounding child’s disappearance

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UPDATE 9:20 p.m. 5/3/21: WFXR News has confirmed that the boyfriend of Nancy Fridley, who has already been charged with Noah Trout’s abduction, has also been charged.

Bobby Lee Taylor has been arrested and is being charged with one count of abduction.

Both Fridley and Taylor are currently in the Alleghany Regional Jail.


UPDATE 9:15 p.m. 5/3/21: Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, where Noah Trout was taken on Sunday, has released a statement on the events.

RE: KIDNAPPING FROM CHURCH CAMPUS

(Issued on May 3, 2021)

The last twenty-four hours have been a nightmare for our entire church family. It is now that we can rejoice that the child that was kidnapped from our campus yesterday has been safely returned to his parents. We commend law enforcement for their excellent work, and we praise God for answering our prayers.

Riverview Baptist Church values the safety and protection of every child. As a matter of policy, we fully cooperated with law enforcement. We are immediately examining ways to make our campus and facilities even more safe and secure for families wishing to come worship with us. We hope that this criminal act on our campus allows other churches to evaluate their own childcare safety procedures.

We believe that transparency, child safety, and accountability are essential for successful ministry, and we are fully committed to ministering to your children in a safe and responsible manner. As we do not want to interfere with the on-going work of law enforcement in this matter, this will be our only public statement at this time.


UPDATE 5:10 p.m. 5/3/21: During a news conference with deputies at the Giles County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Morgan Millirons said that midday on Monday, law enforcement set up a perimeter around a home in Alleghany County.

FBI agents and tactical members of Virginia State Police spotted a child who matched Noah Trout’s description in the area of the home.

The FBI and Virginia State Police were able to safely recover Trout, who has since been reunited with his family.

According to officials, 44-year-old Nancy Renee Fridley of Clifton Forge, faces one count of abduction and one count of felony child endangerment.

Authorities say there is no known motive into this abduction, but the investigation is ongoing.

Watch the latest news conference below.


UPDATE 4:35 p.m. 5/3/21: Deputies from the Giles County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed that multiple agencies worked together to safely find Noah Trout, the abducted two-year-old.

They have confirmed that Nancy Fridley of Clifton Forge has been charged with Trout’s abduction.

The toddler has been reunited with his family after he was found at Fridley’s home in Clifton Forge, according to the Giles County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators have said that there is nothing else that they can comment on at this time, in order to protect the investigation which is ongoing.


UPDATE 4:30 p.m. 5/3/21: A news conference from the Giles County Sheriff’s Office will begin shortly.


UPDATE 1:52 p.m. 5/3/21: Giles County authorities announced during Monday afternoon’s news conference that missing 2-year-old Noah Gabriel Trout has been found safely.

According to the Giles County Sheriff’s Office, Trout is now in the hands of FBI agents and VSP Tactical Team members in Alleghany County.

The sheriff’s office plans to release more details in another press conference at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.

“Thanks again to our partners with the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Virginia State Police, VA ABC Enforcement, Pearisburg Police Department, and NCMEC,” the Giles County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook.


UPDATE 11:14 a.m. 5/3/21: The Giles County Sheriff’s Office is set to hold a news conference Monday afternoon about the abduction of 2-year-old Noah Gabriel Trout over the weekend.

You can watch that news conference live on air at WFXR-TV, online here at WFXRtv.com and on the WFXR News Facebook page, or on the WFXR News app at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 3.


UPDATE 7:22 a.m. 5/3/21: The Giles County church where a toddler was abducted canceled services Sunday evening, asking for the community to pray for the boy’s family and the church.

“All Sunday evening’s services (5/2) are cancelled, including AWANA and ADO. The sanctuary will be open at the normal service time for those who wish to come together to pray over this morning’s incident, which remains evolving with law enforcement looking into all leads,” Riverview Baptist Church posted on Facebook Sunday afternoon.

In addition, Riverview Baptist Church says there was a suspicious vehicle parked across from the church parking lot for an extended time during Sunday morning’s second service and asks anyone with information about the vehicle to contact the Giles County Sheriff’s Office.

Meanwhile, Jefferson Christian Academy — which is located on the same road where missing 2-year-old Noah Gabriel Trout was last seen — announced it will be closed on Monday, May 3 “in light of the unfortunate situation at RBC.”

However, the school says staff members will still be meeting on Monday to discuss safety measures.


UPDATE 5:36 a.m. 5/3/21: Virginia State Police issued an AMBER Alert on behalf of the Giles County Sheriff’s Office following the abduction of a young boy — who is believed to be in extreme danger — from a church’s nursery on Sunday.

According to police, 2-year-old Noah Gabriel Trout was last seen around noon on Sunday, May 2 at Big Stony Creek Road in Ripplemead.

Authorities describe the boy as being 2’9″ tall, weighing approximately 33 pounds, and having blond hair and blue eyes.

While police initially reported Trout was wearing a gray shirt and orange jacket, the Giles County Sheriff’s Office provided an update overnight saying that Trout changed into a royal blue shirt with a print of a tie on it similar to the one in this photograph before he went to church.

Virginia State Police say the suspect has not been identified, but may be wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, black tennis shoes, and a black beanie. They are possible traveling in a dark-colored SUV or van, officials say.

In addition, the sheriff’s office confirmed a photo of Noah being led from the church by a female suspect.

If you have an information about this abduction, you are asked to call 911, the Giles County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 921-3842, or the anonymous tip line at (540) 696-6013.


UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: Authorities in Giles County have released a picture of the abducted child.

Deputies say two-year-old Noah Gabriel Trout was taken from the Riverview Baptist Church’s nursery in Ripplemead by an unidentified woman who left with the child in a dark-colored van or SUV.

If you have any information on this incident, you are asked to call the Giles County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 921-3842. If you see this child, call 911.


UPDATE 2:10 p.m.: The Giles County Sheriff’s Office has provided additional information about the abducted child.

They say a boy — born on June 24, 2018 — was abducted in the area of Big Stony Creek Road in Ripplemead.

The child was wearing a gray t-shirt and has a red birth mark on the back of his neck.

Police say that the child is possibly with a male and a female in an older model black van with an Army sticker on the back.

According to authorities, the vehicle could be heading to West Virginia.

If you have any information about the child, you are asked to call the Giles County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 921-3842.

Additionally, Giles County Sheriff’s Office says that they have not identified any suspects and says that online information about a possible suspect is false. The Rich Creek Police Department has shared images on their page of the child and a possible person of interest.


GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Authorities in Giles County are looking for a child who was reportedly abducted Sunday morning.

According to the Rich Creek Police Department’s Facebook page, the child was taken from Riverview Baptist Church at around 11:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 2.

If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call 911.

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