10-year-old Sampson County girl who was subject of Amber Alert found safe

SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- A 10-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued on Tuesday has been found safe.

Breanne Marie Jones and her father, the suspect in the case, were found after witnesses reported seeing them run into the woods.

That tip led police to a massive search.

Breanne and her father Jonathan Lewis Jones were found a short time later.

Jonathan Lewis Jones was accused of abducting the 10-year-old, along with Christina Renee Edge.

They were both taken into custody Tuesday around 5:30 p.m.

The Sampson County Sheriff's Office said Breanne was staying with other family members while Sampson County Social Services investigated a case. Overnight, her father went to that family member's home and took Breanne.

Sheriff Jimmy Thornton told ABC11 this was the first Amber Alert they've dealt with in a long time.

"It's encouraging that, in less than 24 hours, we were able to locate the two suspects and the child," said Thornton.

Once the child was safely recovered, EMS arrived on the scene to make sure Breanne was in good shape.

Thornton said it was a collective effort to make sure she was safe, "I'm just relieved we found the child. That was our number one priority, and it ended successful."
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