Amber Alert Cancelled for Boy Abducted from Patrick County

UPDATE: Virginia State Police sent a notification that the Amber Alert for 3-year-old Tommy Lee Able Engle, issued yesterday evening when he was abducted by his father, has been cancelled. We are awaiting additional details from police and will have the latest tonight on 8News at 5.


Virginia State Police have issued an Amber Alert for Tommy Lee Able Engle, a three-year-old boy believed to be abducted from Patrick County.
Tommy is believed to be traveling with his father, Tommy Lee Travis Engle. The pair may be in a 2001 Neon 4D Dodge, navy blue with Virginia license plates reading WNZ-9169.

Tommy is 3 feet tall, weighs 35 pounds, has short blonde hair and blue eyes. 

The father may be armed with AK-47 and in possession of ballistics vest. He has made suicidal threats and homicidal threats towards law enforcement, according to police.

According to Sheriff Dan Smith, when deputies first responded to Engle’s home in Critz on the evening of Friday, August 1st, independent sources indicated that Engle was not a threat to his son and there was no indication that he would harm the three year old. 

“The investigation revealed at that time that the aggression was directed solely toward the mother of the child and not toward the child himself.  This was supported by witnesses and statements of those familiar with the situation inside the Engle home,” the sheriff stated. 

As the investigation progressed throughout the weekend, information was learned through indirect contact with Engle that lead authorities to believe that he was suicidal and a threat to law enforcement.  Smith said that Federal Amber Alert criteria was then met which led to its issuance.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call Patrick County Sheriff’s Office at 1-276-694-3161 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond.

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