Thanks to an AMBER Alert, a five-year-old Orange County girl has been found.
Amiyah Monet Dallas, 5, of Orange was last seen Tuesday around 4 p.m. at a home on Mountain Track Road in Orange with her aunt, Olivia Nicole Dallas, 22, of Orange. When the girl was not returned to her mother later that day and family were unable to contact the aunt, the girl’s family reported her missing to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office investigation confirmed that Olivia Dallas has been spotted in Queen Anne’s County, MD, late Tuesday night. Further investigation led the sheriff’s office to become concerned about the child’s safety and led to the request of an America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert activation in hopes of safely locating the child.
The alert was issued at 12:07 p.m. Wednesday and within minutes tips began pouring into the Virginia State Police Chesapeake Division Communications Center. According to Virginia State Police Sergeant Thomas Molnar, 15 tips were received from the public about a woman and young girl fitting the description broadcast via the alert.
Based on tips from the public, Virginia State Police Trooper A.D. Montross began searching for the suspect vehicle, described as a burgundy 2001 C240 Mercedes, along Rt. 13 in Accomack County. At 12:34 p.m., just 27 minutes after the AMBER Alert was issued, Montross spotted the vehicle stopped on the southbound shoulder of Rt. 13 near Painter. Olivia Dallas was in the driver’s seat of the car, which had a flat tire. The child was also seated inside the vehicle.
According to Molnar, Olivia Dallas was taken into custody without incident and is being held at the Accomack County Jail. She is expected to be brought back to Orange within the next few days and has been charged with one count of abduction and one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle—both felonies. Meanwhile, Amiyah Dallas was taken to the Accomack Department of Social Services and, at approximately 5 p.m., was waiting to be reunited with her family who was enroute to pick her up.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office, is continuing its investigation into the abduction.
The AMBER Alert used in this case is the first of its kind in Virginia having been sent out via text message thanks to a partnership between CTIA-The Wireless Association and the wireless industry, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Anyone with a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) enabled phone is automatically enrolled for three alerts: president, imminent threat and AMBER Alerts. For more information, visit www.missingkids.com/Amber.