Missing Erwin twins spotted in Cary
Posted November 4, 2010 9:53 a.m. EDT
Updated November 4, 2010 1:00 p.m. EDT
Erwin, N.C. — Seven-year-old Erwin twins who went missing during a visit with their father have been spotted in a department store in Cary around noon Tuesday, police said Wednesday.
Erwin Police Chief Warren M. Morrisette said that surveillance video shows Alyssa Ann Allen and Alex James Allen with their father, Alvin Allen, 49, in a Roses Department store on Buck Jones Road in Cary. The children appear to be fine and on a shopping trip.
The twins' mother, Susan Boggs, reported the children missing after Allen never returned them after what was supposed to be a three-hour visit Saturday.
Both children suffer from asthma and are without their medications.
Allen and the children might be traveling in a gold 2000 Chevy Tahoe with N.C. license plate XZC-7746 or ZWS-5529. Their direction of travel and possible destination are unknown. Boggs said that Allen is from New York and still has ties there.
The situation is being treated as a missing persons case, not a kidnapping, because neither parent had full custody, Morrisette said. It did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert, because Boggs allowed the children to visit with their father.
Police said that she has since obtained an emergency child custody order, which will be served when Allen is found. Morrisette stressed that it's important to get the children returned to their mother.
Anyone with information about the children's whereabouts should call the Harnett County Communications Center at 910-893-9111.