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AMBER Alert Update: Missing girl found; man taken into custody

Posted at 5:24 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 12:27:26-04

UPDATE: "Richard Tester is in custody. Grace Galliher is safe," the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook Thursday morning. "Thank you to all of the agencies that assisted us in finding them!"

This is a developing story.

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. -- Police have issued an AMBER alert for a missing 17-year-old girl who was last seen at a motel in Virginia on Wednesday.

Officials said Grace Olivia Galliher is believed to be in extreme danger after she was abducted by 52-year-old Richard W. Tester on Tuesday in Britol, Tenn.

Police said the pair were last seen in a motel in Pulaski, Virginia. Officials said they are believed to be traveling north in a 2004 navy blue Chevrolet trailblazer with Tennessee tag B7101V.

Galliher is described as a white female with black hair and brown eyes, 5 foot 4 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds.

Tester is described as a white male with brown hair and green eyes, 5 foot 9 inches, weighing 150 pounds and wearing glasses.

I-81 passes through Pulaski. The county is just about three and a half hours from Richmond via interstate.

If you have information that could help investigators, call call the FBI's Knoxville Field Office at 865-544-0751, or the Sullivan County Sheriff'S Office at 423-279-7331.

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