Amber Alert helps find 5-year-old girl within 27 minutes

ORANGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Amber Alert was cancelled 27 minutes after activation for a five-year-old who police say was abducted by her aunt in Orange, Virginia.

The alert was cancelled at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday after a Virginia State Police Trooper spotted the suspect vehicle while on patrol in Accomack County.

Police say five-year-old Amiyah M. Dallas was safely recovered, only 27 minutes after the Amber alert was issued. Her aunt, Olivia N. Dallas, was taken into custody without incident. Dallas is being held at Accomak County Jail on one felony count of abduction and one count of unauthorized use of a care, police say.

Before her recovery, Amiyah Monet Dallas was last seen at 15239 Mountain Track Rd. in Orange, Va. with her aunt, Olivia Nicole Dallas, who has a history of depression and drug use, according to the Virginia Amber Alert website.

Amiyah is described as a 5-year-old black female, 3 feet tall, 40 pounds with black hair in pigtails and brown eyes. She was last seen February 18 at 3:50 p.m. wearing a pink thermal shirt with buttons, blue jeans, white Chuck Taylors and a pink multi sweater.

Olivia Nicole Dallas is described as a black female, 5 feet 3 inches, 110 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes. Dallas may be traveling North in a burgundy 2001 C240 Mercedes with Maryland tag 8AFZ03, according to the website.

Police say there was no contact with Amiyah or her aunt since Feb. 18 and their whereabouts were unknown. Investigators are classifying this case as an abduction and believed that the missing child could have been in imminent danger.

The aunt has connections to Maryland and South Carolina.

Anyone with information should call Orange Co. Sheriff at (540) 672-1200 or State Police at #77.


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