Child taken, but later released unharmed

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

A carjacking incident that started at the southern edge of Granville County had a family with ties to Oxford worried about an abducted 5-year-old boy Wednesday until he was recovered in Durham more than an hour later.

At about 3:45 p.m., Butner Public Safety officials issued a bulletin on a white Chevrolet Suburban with a dent in the front bumper taken from a Depot Convenience Store on U.S. 56.

Patty McQuillan with the N.C. Department of Public Safety confirmed the child was rescued by police at a Wilco-Hess store on East Geer Street in Durham.

Granville Sheriff Brindell Wilkins Jr. said area law enforcement agencies were on alert in both directions from the interchange with Interstate 85 as the incident unfolded for about an hour after 4 p.m.

“They don’t know the direction of travel,” Wilkins said at about 4:15 p.m.

McQuillan said that the family of the 5-year-old child had recently moved to Raleigh from Oxford.


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