CRITZ, Va. (WUSA9) -- Wednesday, authorities have cancelled an Amber Alert that was issued for a child abducted in Virginia, officials said.
Police say Tommy Lee Able Engle, 3, of Critz, Va. was safely recovered Wednesday in Pikeville, Kentucky. His father, Tommy Lee Travis Engle, has been taken into custody.
Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said that he was contacted by the father via cell phone shortly after midnight and that dialogue continued throughout the early morning hours until he was apprehended.
"During the conversations with Engle (father), he would tell us that the child was fine, he let us talk to his son and he would send us text message pictures of the child," the Sheriff said. "I felt much better about the situation once we were able to talk about a resolution."
Sheriff Smith said Engle (father) has family in Pikeville, Kentucky and that he is currently being held in the Pike County Jail awaiting extradition back to Patrick County.
Police believed Tommy Lee Able could have been in serious danger because his father may have been armed with an AK-47.
Police released the following description when the Amber Alert was issued:
"White male, 6 feet 03 inches, 200 Lbs, Brown hair, Brown eyes. May be armed with AK-47 and in possession of ballistics vest. Has made suicidal threats and homicidal threats towards law enforcement."
The two were believed to have been traveling in a 2000 or 2001 Navy Blue Dodge Neon bearing VA tag WNZ9169.
According to authorities, when deputies first responded to the Engle home in Critz on Friday evening, Engle was not a threat to his son, and there was no indication that he would try and harm the boy.
Authorities said, at that time, the aggression seemed to be directed solely toward the mother of the child. According to authorities, after the investigation over the weekend it was determined that Engle may be suicidal and is a threat to law enforcement.
Wednesday, the Amber Alert was terminated. No additional details were immediately available.
Smith said that Engle has family in Pikeville, Kentucky and that he is currently being held in the Pike County Jail awaiting extradition back to Patrick County.