Missing Louisa Co. Teen Reportedly Spotted in Hanover Co.
HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The search for a missing Louisa County teen has expanded into Hanover County.
Officials held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to update the public on the search for 14-year-old Isabel Shae Hicks. Hicks went missing from her home in Bumpass on Monday, October 21 around 1 a.m. and is believed to be with 33-year-old Bruce William Lynch.
At the briefing, officials say the Hanover County Sheriff's Office got a call around 9 p.m. Monday, October 28, from a homeowner that claims she saw 14-year-old Isabel Shae Hicks and 33-year-old Bruce William Lynch Jr. in 14000 block of Clazemont Road. Authorities set up a half-mile perimeter until about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, but got nothing.
After searching through dense woods through the night and into Tuesday morning, officials scaled back search efforts in that part of Hanover County.
Lynch is believed to have family connections in the Hanover County-area. Officials also say Lynch is now clean shaven and that both of them are wearing dark or camouflage.
Authorities don't believe Hicks was taken forcibly by her mother's ex-boyfriend , but say Lynch has displayed suicidal tendencies and has a handgun.
Lynch was charged with abduction by the Louisa County Sheriff's Office, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest on October 25. Authorities believe Lynch may have altered his appearance, and may be planning on staying in the woods for a while.
Hicks and Lynch may be traveling in a silver-blue Toyota Matrix, with Virginia tag VEM-9071. However, the tags may have been switched to UXM-3614 or a yellow Virginia “Don’t Tread on Me” tag with 2449UT.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office at 540-967-1234, Louisa Crime Solvers at 800-346-1466, or the FBI at 804-261-1044.