Amber Alert canceled after 3-year-old girl found unharmed
Posted May 12, 2013
Updated May 13, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.