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Amber Alert canceled: Gracelynn Scritchfield found safe, DPS says

Posted at 2:11 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 17:11:15-04

The Amber Alert for Gracelynn Scritchfield has been canceled, according to DPS.

The 4-year-old girl was found safe early this morning, according to DPS officials.

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia says Gracelynn was located in Texas. Her father, Arlie Edward Hetrick III, was arrested.

UPDATE: On Tuesday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said a suspect in a West Virginia AMBER Alert was reportedly spotted in Williams, Arizona.

A citizen contacted authorities and said they had contact with Arlie Hetric at a gas station in Williams. An exact time and location have not been released.

DPS did not say if 4-year-old Gracelynn Scritchfield was believed to be with Hetric at the time of the contact.

-- Original story --

Officials are looking for a 4-year-old girl believed to be in “extreme danger” after being taken by her biological father.

The vehicle in question was reportedly last seen in Arizona, officials with the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Tuesday morning (July 23).

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says an AMBER Alert was issued for Gracelynn June Scritchfield. She went missing on July 6 from Fairmont, West Virginia.

Officials believe she was likely abducted by her 26-year-old father, Arlie Edward Hetrick III.

Scritchfield was last seen wearing summer attire. She has brownish-blonde hair, blue eyes, is 3 feet tall and weighs about 35 pounds.

Hetrick is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 140 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes.

They are believed to be driving a gold 2001 Subaru Forester with West Virginia license plate "1TH163."

Anyone with information is asked to alert police immediately.