GORDON — A 10-year old girl is back with her family after being reportedly kidnapped from her home in Schuylkill County.
The Amber Alert was cancelled for Alexandria Long late Thursday night after she was found in upstate New York, more than 300 miles from where she lives.
10-year old Alexandria Long was reunited with her mother and stepfather in New York State after being reportedly abducted the day before from Schuylkill County.
Her mother, Laura McCabe, said she panicked when she realized her daughter was gone.
“Not knowing where she is how she is, what’s happening to her is horrible,” said McCabe. “I would never wish that on anybody.”
Police say 39-year old Peter Tarbox and his mother, Annette Williams, came to Alexandria`s home here in Gordon near Ashland and took her.
No motive was given but police believe Tarbox dated Alexandria`s mother years ago.
“Alexandria was familiar with Mr. Tarbox but had not lived with him recently,” said Butler Township Police Chief Ed Tarantelli. “Phone contact was made with Mr. Tarbox and he confirmed that he had the child and had no intent of returning the child.”
Alexandria was found with the suspects in Gouverneur, NY about an hour from the Canadian border after authorities issued an Amber Alert.
Neighbor Wesley Smith says he was with her family in Gordon when that alert went out.
“I was actually here when the officer called in the Amber Alert,” said Smith. “Then it was all over Facebook and I was talking to a few people around the area.”
Police say Alexandria`s parents searched for the girl for about two hours before contacting authorities, even checking a park near their home.
Richard Ludwig was here his young sons a short time before Alexandria went missing.
“It is your worst fear,” said Ludwig. “Whenever my sons are anywhere I try and keep attention whose around.”