UPDATE: Missing Girl Found, Amber Alert Dismissed

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

UPDATE: 4/14/2012 10:27 PM

West Virginia State Police held a press conference Saturday evening on the rescue of a missing girl, and arrest of her alleged kidnapper.

8 year old Porshia Atwell was found a little after 5:00 Saturday evening. She is safe and will return to her family.

WVSP said in a press conference that Porshia was in a state of shock and seemed weak from only eating a few candy bars and drinking some water. She was taken to a hospital for medical evaluation.

Tracey Atwell, her father and alleged kidnapper, is now in police custody.

State Police say he placed a phone call to CPS earlier Saturday and they were able to trace that call.

Police made contact with Tracey who said he would take Porshia back to his parents house. Instead, he went in a different direction. He even covered up his car with branches so police wouldn't find him during helicopter searches.

However, police were able to eventually locate Tracey and Porshia near the intersection of Nubbins Ridge Road and Egeria Road in Spanishburg.

Atwell is charged with Murder, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Concealment of a child, and Grand Larceny. He was arraigned on all charges except the murder charge. He's being held at Southern Regional Jail.
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UPDATE: 4/14/2012 5:27 PM

West Virginia State Police confirm 8 year old Porshia Atwell was found a little after 5:00 Saturday evening. The Amber Alert is now dismissed.

There's no official word yet on the girls condition, but reports say she was found safe.

Police say her alleged kidnapper, Tracey Lee Atwell is in custody.

No further information is being released at this time.
Stay tuned to WTAP at 11 and WTAP.com for the latest as it becomes available.

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UPDATE: 4/13/2012

CAMP CREEK, W.Va. (AP) - State Police are still searching for a southern West Virginia man accused of killing his wife and abducting his daughter.

Trooper A.P. Christian said Friday that authorities believe Tracey Lee Atwell is still in the state. Police won't say what leads them to believe that because it could hinder their investigation. They also note he could be in neighboring Virginia within minutes.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert Thursday evening for 8-year-old Porshia Atwell. Her father is wanted on murder, kidnapping and robbery charges.

Media outlets say Atwell is accused of tying up his parents and taking his daughter from their home in Camp Creek. The parents have custody.

Police found the body of Atwell's wife, 33-year-old Christina Marie Atwell, at his home.

Police say Atwell is considered armed and dangerous.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


The West Virginia State Police in Mercer County issued an Amber Alert for West Virginia.

Officials with the WVSP say they are looking for Tracy Atwell, a 49 year-old, white male. He is described as 6"2' tall and 180 pounds. Police say he is a possible homicide suspect and may be armed with a 357 Magnum.

Atwell is believed to be driving a white Jeep Cherokee with the WV license plate number 6C3202.

Police believe his 8 year old daughter, Porshia Atwell, is with him. Porshia is 4 feet tall, weighing 75 pounds.

Anyone with information on Atwell or his whereabouts is asked to call their local authorities.


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