Missing North Carolina girl found alive, chained to tree

Stefanny Lenneth Lopez-Castro went missing from her neighborhood off Carolina Beach Road on Wednesday night, triggering an Amber Alert.

Stefanny was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and reunited with her family.

The sheriff's office said that Steffany Lenneth Lopez-Castro was in good condition at a local hospital. According to eyewitness accounts of the North Carolina 6-year-old's rescue, police found her chained to a tree in a forested area.

There is allegedly one unknown abductor.

Also on Thursday morning, Sheriff's Officer took into custody Douglas Edwards, 46, and charged him with first-degree kidnapping.

"Stefanny is a 6-year-old white Hispanic female, approximately 4'0" tall, weighing 39 pounds.

In 1996 he was convicted of Sex Offense 1st Degree and Indecent Liberty Minor.

The FBI was quickly called in, as well as the Child Abduction Rapid Response team, and an Amber Alert was issued for Castro, police said.

Officials say Edwards was picked up in New Hanover County this morning.

Officials said that Lopez-Castro was found Thursday morning about two miles from where she was taken. Amber Alert officials released the image after she was kidnapped on September 14, 2016.

"I've got a granddaughter that age".

"We beat the odds today, it's safe to say", Sheriff Edward McMahon said during a news conference.

She was found alive just before 10 a.m., according to Star News Online.

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