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Deputies: Mom lied about kidnapping that prompted Amber Alert

Posted May 13, 2013

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— A Lincolnton woman lied about a kidnapping that prompted a statewide Amber Alert for her 3-year-old daughter late Sunday, Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies said Monday.

Deputies told WBTV of Charlotte that they are working to have charges dismissed against Troy Lee Koonce Jr., who was arrested after he was found with his daughter, Christina Koonce.

The mother, Mary Bowen, will be charged, deputies said.

Bowen initially told deputies that Troy Koonce was her cousin and ex-boyfriend. But investigators found Koonce was listed as Christina’s father on her birth certificate.

WBTV reported that Bowen told deputies she and Troy Koonce went to the store after he came to her home Sunday afternoon about 3 p.m. When they returned, she told him she would not go back to the home they had shared in Washington.

Troy Koonce then left with the child, and Bowen reported it as a kidnapping. An Amber Alert was issued about 11:40 p.m. Sunday and canceled shortly before 1 a.m. Monday when father and daughter were found in Beaufort County.

Koonce was charged with second-degree kidnapping.
 

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  • RDcallsit May 16, 2013

    What on earth happened to Mr. Koonce's face???

  • superman May 15, 2013

    Dr. Ben Dover An announcement on tv every 5 minutes is a bit much. The time was incorrect. The announcements started about 11pm then every 5 minutes. They didnt even report his age or what he was wearing when he was last seen. It is unlikely that people watching tv would have seen or had any info about it. Why not report it on the radio. People watching tv are not out on the road. "Probably kidnapped" you just jumped to conclusions. When you hear or read of someting it just isnt smart to jump to conclusions and try to fabricate your own facts. I watched tv from about 11 to 12 and the alert was broadcast 12 times. That is just more than excessive.

  • Red Green May 14, 2013

    “Gee, "Superman". A three year old girl is missing, possibly kidnapped. Hate it ruined your TV show.” Dr. Ben Dover

    According to the story the child was never missing. That being said, the point is that people had their evening interrupted over some kind of domestic issue not an Amber Alert. On a different note, any relation to Eileen Dover?

  • anonemoose May 14, 2013

    turkeydance

    95% of Amber Alerts do not fall within the guidelines of the Amber Alert criteria and are done solely to placate the mother. They are supposed to be for stranger abductions of if the child is in danger. They are primarily used to recover the child from the non custodial parent that is violating a visitation or custody agreement.

  • happymom May 14, 2013

    "He probably is her cousin, and her ex-boyfriend. She just left out the part about him being the child's father!!"

    Well that's quite a statement. Why do you think that?

    I see no reason to make this man a target of jokes. He is just as much a victim as his daughter is. And I agree with the statements about posting the mom's photo instead of the victim's. He's been dragged through enough due to her criminal manipulation of a system meant to save children.

  • Oldfirehorse - Dr. Disturbeded May 14, 2013

    "Troy Koonce was her cousin and ex-boyfriend........ewww... why make up a gross lie like that!?!?"

    Why assume it was a lie? He probably is her cousin, and her ex-boyfriend. She just left out the part about him being the child's father!!

  • anneonymousone May 14, 2013

    In North Carolina, it is legal for first cousins to marry, and distant cousins are as genetically similar as strangers. I don't even want to have coffee with my cousins.

    What is icky is that North Carolina law prevents two of my best friends from marrying. Both are brilliant, funny, compassionate, hard-working, well educated, loyal, thoughtful people who contribute to their community on many fronts. But because they are both women, it's illegal.

  • Dr. Ben Dover May 14, 2013

    Gee, "Superman". A three year old girl is missing, possibly kidnapped. Hate it ruined your TV show.

  • Red Green May 14, 2013

    Fire up the banjo music!

  • MonkeyFace May 14, 2013

    Troy Koonce was her cousin and ex-boyfriend........ewww... why make up a gross lie like that!?!?

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