Charges filed in missing Carroll child case

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The child was found safe Sunday

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter



HILLSVILLE — Carroll deputies have filed charges against the mother of a 7-year-old reported kidnapped Sunday, Sheriff J.B. Gardner says. Authorities say that Alyssa Nunn went missing from 400 Oak Ridge Road in the Cana section of Carroll. Deputy Chuck Edwards responded and took a statement that the father had heard dogs barking and he went outside to check on what was going on. His daughter had been outside playing, authorities said. The man saw his 2006 Dodge Stratus speeding away and that his daughter wasn't there any longer. Deputies put out an alert and contacted the Virginia State Police to issue an Amber alert, in what may be the first instance of the information being used in Carroll County, as far as the sheriff can remember. What happens in an Amber alert is that everybody — local, state and federal authorities — starts looking for the missing child, Gardner said. That includes the FBI and state police helicopters as well as the Center for Missing and Exploited Children getting involved. At first, deputies feared that an unknown person could have fled the area on Interstate 77 or taken the child into North Carolina. The information deputies received led them to believe that the child's mother, Michelle Dawn Nunn, may have been involved. Deputies used Nunn's cell phone to track her whereabouts, Gardner said. "During the search for the child, information was developed that mother and child were at a residence in the Dugspur section of Carroll County," the news release said. "After an extensive search for the child by Virginia State Police, Floyd County Sheriff's Office and deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the child and mother were located and the mother was taken into custody and the stolen vehicle recovered." The authorities had found the child within minutes of the Amber alert going public, and the announcement was quickly pulled. Nunn is divorced and lives in Dugspur. "She hadn't been allowed to see the child for some time — that's what she said last night," Gardner recalled. Deputies charged Michelle Nunn, 36, with felony abduction and grand larceny of a motor vehicle, authorities say. She is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond. Gardner thanked all the agencies for their help in the quick and safe return of the child. "The safety of our children should always be our top priority," he said. "We were very blessed it ended up the way that it did. The sheriff's office would get together and look at ways that deputies can streamline the Amber alert process, Gardner said. He described it as an in-depth process and he wants to develop a checklist to guide deputies in the future.