Authorities hold press conference on missing Louisa teen: ‘Our efforts will not stop’

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities in Louisa County held a press conference Monday regarding the ongoing search for Isabel Hicks, a missing 14-year-old who investigators believe could have been abducted by her mother’s ex-boyfriend.

Virginia State Police issued an AMBER Alert for Hicks, who was last seen Oct. 21, on Friday.

During the press conference, officials said Hicks could be wearing her favorite grey American Eagle hoodie and provided details on the search for the teen.

WATCH: Monday’s full press conference in Louisa County

“There’s nothing that causes us to suspect that Isabel was taken forcibly. However, she’s a very young 14-year-old who hasn’t had any contact with her family since last Monday,” said Major Donnie Lowe of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday, there were reports that Hicks was spotted in West Virginia.

Authorities: Missing Louisa teen, suspect could be in West Virginia

Sheriff Chuck Zerkle, of the Cabell County Sheriff’s Office, said: “One of the leads said they could be coming to Cabbell County because some of the research done that they had done said he was looking at camping sights in the Cabbell County area.”

“We don’t know where Isabel is. Through interviews and other investigative means, several places of interest have been identified and are being investigated,” said Special Agent in Charge David Archey with Richmond FBI.

undated photo of Isabel Hicks

Deputies with Louisa County Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for felony abduction as the child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen at her residence in Bumpass, Virginia. Hicks is described as a 4-foot-11, 120-pound white female with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Authorities believe Hicks was abducted by 33-year-old Bruce Lynch, of Bumpass, who is described as a 5-foot-10, 190-pound white male with brown hair and brown eyes.

Lynch could be armed with a 9MM, investigators said, and his family claimed that he recently had suicidal ideations. They are possibly traveling in a 2003 Toyota Matrix, similar to the one pictured below, with the VA tag VEM-9071.

Federal investigators said the rear passenger door handle is missing on the car and it could have other Virginia tags, including UXW-3614, and/or a yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” tag 2499UT.

There also may be a camouflage tarp covering part of the passenger window.

Gene Willis, a neighbor of Isabel, told 8News it “scares me to death.”

“Terrible situation, I hope she’s okay.”

If you see Hicks or Lynch, the Sheriff’s Office urges you to contact 911 so law enforcement can immediately respond.

Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.



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