Amber Alert for 12-year-old girl in Virginia canceled

An Amber Alert issued for a 12-year-old girl in Virginia has been canceled.

The child was safely located Saturday, police said.

Allie Michele Broadaway was last seen at 2373 Reed Creek Drive in Bassett, Virginia.

Law enforcement said she could be in extreme danger.

Police believed the child was abducted by Kaleb Christopher Merritt.

Police say she and Merritt connected in December on Instagram. They communicated through social media until Merritt traveled to Virginia to meet her.

Investigators say Merritt set up a camp in a wooded area behind the girl’s home and met with her several times before convincing her to leave with him.

Merritt is now in police custody.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and a master’s degree in English Literature from The George Washington University.

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