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Amber Alert issued for 7-year-old boy

Posted September 23, 2008 12:49 p.m. EDT
Updated September 23, 2008 2:12 p.m. EDT

Amber Alert

— State authorities have issued an Amber Alert for a 7-year-old Alleghany County boy who was last seen with his mother Monday morning.

Matthew James Wood, is white, approximately 4 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 55 pounds and has light brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a striped sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Authorities believe the child is with his mother, Teresa Wood, 37, who is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a dark gray pullover windbreaker and dark blue jogging pants with the word "fencing" printed down the side.

The Alleghany County Sheriff's Office said the two were last seen at 87 Chevy Lane in Sparta Monday morning and are believed to be traveling on foot. Their direction of travel is unknown.

Investigators said Teresa Wood's car is still parked outside her home and that she did not leave with much money.

Anyone with information about the case should call 911, the state Highway Patrol at *HP or the Alleghany County Sheriff`s Office at 336-372-4455.