WILMINGTON – Stefanny Lopez-Castro, the six-year-old girl from New Hanover County that was the subject of an Amber Alert, has been located.
Earlier this morning, authorities were searching for the missing girl along River Road. A witness involved in the rescue said the girl was found chained to a tree in a wooded area. A tweet from the New Hanover Sheriff's Office says Lopez-Castro is in good condition at the hospital.
Missing female found alive in good condition at hospital! pic.twitter.com/l2NonMDmFI— New Hanover Sheriff (@NewHanoverSO) September 15, 2016
The man said he was flagged down on River Road while driving to work. Authorities asked if he had any bolt cutters, but he didn't have any. The witness gave authorities a battery-operated saw and they went into the woods to cut the girl free.
The New Hanover Sheriff’s Office said in a morning news conference that they located Lopez-Castro within two miles of her home. She’s said to be doing well, according to the family.
46-year-old Douglas Edwards, a registered sex offender, is in custody in connection with the girl’s abduction. The Wilmington man is charged with first-degree kidnapping and was picked up in New Hanover County Thursday morning. Edwards was seen driving a Black Moped around the time of the abduction.
Prior to Thursday, Lopez-Castro was last seen at 5140 Carolina Beach rd., lot 80 in Wilmington. Police believe her and her abductor were traveling south bound on Carolina Beach Rd.
The alert was issued Wednesday night at 9:56.
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