Missing Wilmington girl found alive; suspect in custody

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Friday, September 16, 2016
Douglas Edwards
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wtvd-Credit: Photo: NC Department of Public Safety via WWAY

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- A 6-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert in North Carolina has been found, and a registered sex offender has been charged with kidnapping.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office said the girl was found alive in the woods about 2 miles from her home.

WWAY reports the suspect is 46-year-old Douglas Edwards, a registered sex offender. He is in custody charged with first-degree kidnapping.

Edwards was arrested in New Hanover County Thursday morning. He lives about 4 miles from the child's home.

Editor's note: Previous versions of this story included the name of the 6-year-old girl involved, who was the subject of an Amber Alert. Due to the sex crime charges against her alleged abductor, WTVD has removed her name and picture from our stories.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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