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Amber Alert canceled after 3-year-old girl found unharmed

Posted May 12, 2013
Updated May 13, 2013

— An Amber Alert issued late Sunday for a 3-year-old missing from Lincoln County was canceled after the girl was found unharmed, state authorities said.

Christina Grace Koonce was found in Washington in Beaufort County, according to a release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Troy Lee Koonce Jr. – who was identified by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office as the boyfriend of the girl's mother – was charged with second-degree kidnapping.

The Amber Alert issued at 11:40 p.m. stated that sheriff's investigators believed the girl was with Koonce, 55, and that the two might be headed to Washington.

They were last seen around 6:30 p.m. and were believed to be traveling in a 1998 white Dodge Caravan with North Carolina license plate number BCC-6470.

The Amber Alert was canceled just before 1 a.m. Monday - less than two hours after it was issued.

Photos of the girl were not released before the alert was canceled.


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  • rescuefan May 13, 2013

    I don't think it's "too much" for a parent whose child is missing.

  • superman May 13, 2013

    The broadcast started at 11:00 pm and it was done every 5 minutes for over an hour. Dont know when they stopped. Guess you were in bed and didnt even hear one broadcast. Media exposure would have been more effective for the radio with people traveling and on the road. Not likesly that people who are home in bed would know anything. It is just simply misdirected on tv if they want exposure and people looking. The broadcast was extremely loud and had to turn the volume down with every broadcast. Cound only watch the pic on the tv as the sound was interruped so many times I didnt even know what was happening on the program. Every 5 minutes for over an hour? A bit too much I think.

  • Krimson May 13, 2013

    Superman: "Doesn't deserve the exposure it received."

    I'm sure you'd feel entirely different if it were your child...

    And kidnapping, under state law, is a felony... "Civil dispute" doesn't excuse a person who abducts a minor...

  • Obamacare survives May 13, 2013

    superman, the possibly exists that during a commerical break, you might go to the kitchen for a glass of water, look outside your window and see the little girl. Tell me I'm wrong.

  • superman May 13, 2013

    It is a total waste of time to broadcast on TV. They interrupted the program every 5 minutes. I finally just turned the TV off. When people are home and watching TV they are not out on the road. They also didnt even tell the guys age so you wouldnt know anything even if you saw him. While I am sure the mother was upset I think this is more of civil dispute. Doesnt deserve the exposure it received.

  • torr10 May 13, 2013

    jb...so I guess you're related to EVERY Cooper out there in the world?

  • zile1porkey May 13, 2013

    And the only way he can be charged is if he isn't the father which they have the same last name and she has sole custody. A father doesn't have to have permission to take his child anywhere if there isn't a custody dispute so let's see if these charges remain that will answer all questions.

  • JAT May 13, 2013

    jb - he's her boyfriend, not her husband. wonder how old the mother is?

  • Mollers May 13, 2013

    Is that what Meth does ?

  • Sweet summertime May 13, 2013

    Wow is that one creepy looking man. - Obamacare survies

    HAHA....tell me about it