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UPDATE: Father of Alleged Murder/Kidnapping Suspect Speaks to 59News

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59News spoke with Willard Atwell, the father of Tracey Atwell and grandfather of Porshia. He said he just wants Tracey to leave Porshia somewhere safe. Stay with 59News for updates.


The search is on for a man who allegedly killed his wife, robbed his parents and kidnapped his daughter.

Tracey Atwell, 38, is on the run from officers and is believed to be armed and dangerous.

State troopers said it happened around 3 p.m. Thursday.

He fled the scene in a 1999 White Jeep Cherokee Laredo, with his 8-year-old daughter Porshia.

He does not have custodial rights.

Troopers are asking you to be on the lookout for Tracey and Porshia Atwell and his vehicle.

The jeep is registered in West Virginia under license plate 6C3202.


Authorities say that at approximately 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Tracey Atwell went to his parents' home, tied them up, robbed them and kidnapped his 8-year-old daughter Porshia, who he does not have custody of, and told his parents that he had killed his wife.

Police believe Atwell is driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee Loredo, white in color, with WV license plate 6C3 202.

Here is the link to the official AMBER Alert: http://www.ncmec.org/missingkids/servlet/AmberExternalFCServlet?act=retAmberCase&amberId=10069