Alleged abductor in custody: Missing 88-year-old man ‘recovered safely’

Posted at 5:38 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 13:24:04-04

UPDATE: Mr. Wimbush was recovered safely, according to Virginia State Police. An alleged abductor is in custody.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- An 88-year-old man is missing out of Martinsville and may be in the company of a 59-year-old woman.

John Alee Wimbush, described as a 5'6'' elderly black male with brown eyes and black/gray hair, was reported missing around 4:30 p.m. on August 1.

Wimbush was last seen at 10:28 a.m. on Forest Street in Martinsville and is believed to be in the presence of Valerie Vianna Swinson, a 5'8'' 59-year-old black female with brown eyes and black/blonde hair. Swinson was last seen wearing a black and white striped tank top.

They are believed to be traveling in a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder with an unknown registration. Their possible direction of travel is I-81 north to I-95 north to Fort Washington, Maryland.

Please contact the Martinsville Police Department at 1-276-403-5328 if you have seen Mr. Wimbush or have information about his whereabouts. Complete information on this alert can be found at

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