4 in custody for abduction of Fayetteville 18-year-old that sparked Ashanti Alert

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- An 18-year-old from Fayetteville was found in good condition in Virginia after being abducted Thursday morning.

The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued an Ashanti Alert for the woman Thursday morning around 9. By noon the alert had been canceled.

Investigators told ABC11 the woman was found in Virginia and four men are in custody in connection to her abduction.

Police said all of the men were from Tennessee. Stephen McGovern,19, Alana Adams, 27, D'Anthony Tuthill, 22, and Dustin Hicks, 34, are all charged with first-degree kidnapping and felony conspiracy.

In the initial alert, N.C. Center for Missing Persons said there were three male suspects believed to be with the woman.

Fayetteville Police Department said the woman was forced into a vehicle against her will Thursday morning by people she knew. The vehicle then drove off.

Investigators said the case remains open.

What is an Ashanti Alert?

An Ashanti Alert is issued when a person between the ages of 19-64 has been reported missing and the circumstances surrounding their disappearance could be the result of a kidnapping or abduction. In many of the cases, law enforcement fears the person may be in danger.