The Pennsylvania State Police have the 2-year-old girl involved in the reported abduction earlier Friday in Reedsville safely in custody, according to the Preston County Sheriff's Department.
The suspect, Timothy Adam White, is in the custody of the Pennsylvania State Police, according to Capt. James Merrill with the W.Va. State Police. Authorities are working to obtain a warrant for kidnapping to charge White.
Law enforcement was able to track the Toyota Corolla through a cell phone that had been left in the vehicle. White traveled into Pennsylvania with the girl and after reaching Richeyville, Pa., White and the girl left the Corolla. A motorist saw the pair walking and picked them up. White fled from the vehicle, leaving the girl behind, according to Capt. Merrill. White then stole a cable van and took off, before initiating a pursuit with Pa. State Police and being apprehended.
White had been living with the girl and her family, according to police. The details and the motive of the abduction are still unclear and the investigation is ongoing.
The sheriff's department said it would like to thank the many law enforcement and dispatch agencies that were involved in the search for the 2-year-old girl.
The W.Va. State Police will take over any investigations from this point, and any calls for additional information should be directed to the State Police, according to the sheriff's department.
Authorities said the suspect is in Pennsylvania but it is not clear where or what type of vehicle he is currently driving. He is believed to have dropped the girl off in Pa. but authorities in Pa. are working to confirm this with law enforcement in W.Va.
The West Virginia State Police and the Preston County Sheriff's Office need your help looking for a white 2009 4-door Toyota Corolla with West Virginia registration ND8355 and a cracked windshield.
Authorities said this vehicle was stolen and involved in a possible child abduction at the Gas and More in Reedsville around 11:45 a.m. Friday.
There is believed to be an adult white male driving the vehicle and a 2-year-old female passenger. Officials said the man may be armed.
The vehicle's direction of travel is unknown, if you see this vehicle, do not attempt to stop it and call 911 immediately.