UPDATE: The Amber Alert issued for three children missing out Roanoke County has been canceled. Authorities say all three children have been safely located. The children’s mother, Ruby Allison, has been taken into police custody, according to the Roanoke County Police Department.


ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — An Amber Alert has been issued for three children out of Roanoke County. State police said Wednesday that the children’s father is in custody and it is believed that the children are with their mother.

According to the Amber Alert, 6-year-old Cameron Allison, 6-year-old Emma Allison, and 21-month-old Colin Allison were last seen at 5153 North Lakes Drive in Roanoke County.

Virginia State Police say the abduction took place around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. It is not known what they were last wearing.

The children are believed to have been abducted by their parents — John Varion Allison and Ruby Marie Allison — and are believed to be in extreme danger, according to police. The department says the parents are facing three counts of abduction.

According to Virginia State Police, John Allison has been detained and is in custody at this time. 

“All three children are still missing and are believed to be with Ruby Allison,” a VSP spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Police say Roanoke County Social Services was attempting to serve a Court ordered child removal for the children, but John Allison refused to share their location or allow CPS access to the children. After further investigation, it is now believed the parents may have taken the children outside of Virginia, according to the Roanoke County Police Department.

Police say the 2006 maroon four-door Cadillac with Virginia tags VMN-8238, that they believed the family was traveling in, has since been recovered. Authorities do believe Ruby Allison is driving a 1999 maroon Chevrolet Suburban with Virginia tags VVU-3796.

Anyone with any information on their disappearance, contact Roanoke County Police Department at (540) 777-8799, or call Virginia State Police at (800) 822-4453.

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