HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – detectives continue steadily to search for a missing 12-year-old girl. Allie Broadaway ended up being final seen Friday afternoon and it is considered to have now been abducted by 21-year-old Kaleb Meritt.
Authorities are asking for individuals become searching for a light green 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis, using the Texas license plate DMP-2294.
вЂњWe hope with anything she has to do,вЂќ Juanita Prillaman, BroadawayвЂ™s great-grandmother, said if she sees this that she will want to come home, we love her very much, and we will help her.
Prillaman stated she raised her great-granddaughter Broadaway, whom is such as a child to her. Your ex is white with brown locks and blue eyes, and appears at 4-feet-11 ins tall, weighing 107 pounds. She ended up being final seen putting on a grey James Madison University sweatshirt and fleece that is dark.
вЂњShe has resided right right here the majority of her life and also this is truly truly the only home sheвЂ™s had, and I really canвЂ™t understand just why sheвЂ™d leave unless he coerced her to go, and being 21-years-old, i recently canвЂ™t notice it, and I also wish she’s going to come safe,вЂќ Prillaman said.
The Henry County SheriffвЂ™s workplace has warrants that are outstanding the arrest of 21-year-old Kaleb Merritt for abducting Broadaway. On February 11th, investigators learned that the two had been chatting over social media – saying the conversations were concerning, but not illegal thursday. The SheriffвЂ™s workplace stated these were in a position to find Merritt that same day and took away their electronics for analysis.
вЂњAnd into them, discovering what was suspicion of and also became apparent that there was still means of communication between Allie and Kaleb, that they were communicating electronically,вЂќ Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said as we were getting.
Then on Friday, February 12th, at 1:45 within the afternoon, Broadaway ended up being reported missing from her house on Reed Creek Drive in Bassett.
вЂњWe do reasoning she left willingly with Kaleb,вЂќ Perry stated.
From the uncovered text messages, deputies discovered that Broadaway have been likely to see Merritt at a tent he set up in an area that is wooded the girlвЂ™s house.
вЂњI didn’t know any single thing about it, she told me she had a pal who had been 14-years-old and was from Texas, and she additionally told me she chatted to his mother, I canвЂ™t show it, I donвЂ™t know it, and from now on we learn heвЂ™s 21-years-old, in which he won’t have exactly the same title as she old me he could have,вЂќ Prillaman explained.
Deputies think some body saw Broadaway within the Danville area at around 12:30 on shortly before she was reported missing friday.
Merritt has household ties to Spring, Texas, and so the FBI, Virginia State Police, together with Henry County SheriffвЂ™s workplace are searching into that certain area, and addressing buddies of Broadaway who’re wanting to contact her.
вЂњYour worst fear is the fact that someone winds up getting hurt,вЂќ Perry stated.
вЂњVery concerned about her safety,вЂќ Prillaman said.
It’s thought that Broadaway and Merritt came across on Instagram in December just last year, after which Merritt stumbled on Virginia in February to see Broadaway.
If you notice any such thing pertaining to this event, you are able to contact the Henry County SheriffвЂ™s workplace.
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“My ex never ever responded in my experience”
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After months of waiting, we heard that their infant woman arrived, her title was (thankfully) perhaps maybe not Amelia. My message was in fact gotten.