Missing 3-year-old from NC found safe after mother killed

SANFORD, N.C. (Gray News) – An Amber Alert issued Wednesday for a missing 3-year-old girl in Lee County, North Carolina, has been canceled.

Riley Harper Bockes was reported missing from Lee Avenue in Sanford after her mother, Deana Michelle Bockes, was found dead inside the same home. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death as a homicide.

Riley’s abductor was suspected to be her father, 50-year-old Brent James Bockes. The two were located at a motel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, after they were involved in a car crash about 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

Riley was unhurt and is now awaiting a return to her family, the sheriff’s office said.

Brent Bockes was arrested and is currently being held on a fugitive from justice charge at Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.

Sanford Police said earlier Wednesday he is facing several charges, including first-degree murder in his wife’s death.

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