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Virginia dad, abducted son may be headed to NC

Posted August 6, 2014

Tommy Lee Travis Engle, left, and Tommy Lee Able Engle

— An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday for a Virginia 3-year-old believed abducted by his father after a dispute at their home in Critz, Va. Tommy Lee Able Engle is white with short, blond hair and blue eyes. He is about 3 feet tall and weighs 35 pounds.

According to the Patrick County Sheriff's Office, the boy's father, Tommy Lee Travis Engle, has threatened violence against himself and his son and may be armed with an AK-47 and a bullet-proof vest. 

"Throughout the weekend we tried to determine location of the father and the son. We've worked with authorities in both North Carolina and Kentucky," said Sheriff Dan Smith.

Engle is believed to be driving a navy blue 2001 Dodge Neon with Virginia license plate WNZ-9169.

Anyone who sees father or child is asked to call 911 immediately.


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  • Fanny Chmelar Aug 6, 2014
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    Sad when people making comments are faster than WRAL at updating a story.

    Glad they were found and hopefully all ends well.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 6, 2014

    678Devilish - "Why do parents drag their children into their mess? He is only 3 and don't understand all that is going on."

    Are they so spoiled and immature, they'll get their own way even if they have to threaten or kill their own young to do so?
    Even animals don't do this, and will endanger their own life to protect their young.
    I'll never understand why "some" humans do.

  • JennyB Aug 6, 2014

    Found in Kentucky

  • 678devilish Aug 6, 2014

    I pray they find this man asap because the son is in high danger, even if it is his daddy. Why do parents drag their children into their mess? He is only 3 and don't understand all that is going on.

  • JennyB Aug 6, 2014

    Last known location was on I-77 headed towards Canada.

  • euimport1 Aug 6, 2014

    must (at least) look this crazy to be able to get an ak47? 2001 dodge neon? really. for the cost of an ak, he'd have been able to buy an actual car.

  • Fanny Chmelar Aug 6, 2014
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    Virginia's For Lovers, so better head to the First In Flight state. Oh the irony.

    I hope this turns out well. Desperate fathers with a gun seldom is a good thing.

  • JAT Aug 6, 2014

    an AK-47? Good-ness!

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Aug 6, 2014

    Why do all these nuts seem to have assault rifles? Is it a prerequisite?