New details released in Amber Alert arrests

Greenbrier County

According to the criminal complaint in an Amber Alert investigation, the initial report on the missing girl came from the Principal of her middle school.  Deputies were called to Eastern Greenbrier Middle School on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 just after 2 p.m.  The principal told investigators the girl had been absent since Monday, Dec. 18.  The victim apparently told other students she was with 27-year-old Christopher Rider.

As a part of the investigation, deputies learned that Rider had been seen with a young girl at the Super 8 Motel in Lewisburg. WV.  They also learned that Rider was with Charles Robert Kraft.  The two had apparently been at the Super 8 with several juveniles on Monday.

On Thursday, investigators received an anonymous tip that Rider, Kraft and the victim were in the Neola area.  Upon investigation, deputies were able to find the three at a home on Cochran Road.

Kraft told deputies that Rider initially told him the victim was 17-years-old.  It was only after the Amber Alert was issued that Kraft said he learned she was 14.  Kraft also told investigators he believed that Rider and the victim were in an intimate and sexual relationship.


UPDATE 12/22/2017 @ 7:55 am

LEWISBURG, W. Va. (WVNS)– Two men face several charges following an Amber Alert involving a 14-year-old girl from Greenbrier County.

Christopher Shawn Rider, 27 of Frankford, WV, faces failure to register as a sex offender and parole violation. Charles Robert Kraft, 21 of White Sulphur Springs, WV, faces charges of aiding and abetting, and aiding and abetting in the abduction of a child.

Sheriff Bruce Sloan said the two could face more charges in the future.

Nicole Hall has been reunited with her family.

The Sheriff would like to thank the public, other law enforcement agencies, Dan Rice with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the media for their assistance in this investigation. 


UPDATE 12/22/2017 @ 5:30 am 

LEWISBURG, W. Va. (WVNS) — Two men have been arrested following an Amber Alert involving a 14-year-old girl from Greenbrier County.  

The Amber Alert has since been canceled after deputies said they found Nicole Hall in Neola Thursday night. 

Deputies arrested Charles Krafft and Christopher Rider, who they said was with Hall. 

The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department said they found the three thanks to trips from the community. 

An official press release will be issued by Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan on Friday, December 22, 2017.

This is still a developing story. We’ll continue to follow it right here on 59 News, and the 59 News mobile app. 


UPDATE: Dec. 21, 2017 @ 10:05 p.m.

An Amber Alert has been canceled after a missing teenager from the Lewisburg area has been found.

Dispatchers tell 59 News 14-year-old Nicole Lynn Hall was found at around 9:15 p.m. Thursday in the Neola area of Greenbrier County. Hall has been missing since Monday, where she was last seen at the Super 8 Motel in Lewisburg.

Police believed she was with two men, Christopher Rider, who is a convicted sex offender, and Charles Krafft.

We’re told Hall is safe.

This is still a developing story. We’ll continue to follow it right here on 59 News, and the 59 News mobile app. 


ORIGINAL STORY: An Amber Alert has been issued as Troopers with West Virginia State Police are looking for a missing girl last seen Monday, Dec. 18 at the Super 8 Motel in Lewisburg.

Police said on Wednesday that Nicole Lynn Hall, 14, could be with Christopher Rider, 27, and Charles Krafft, 21, heading towards California or Florida in a silver colored sedan.

Hall is a white girl with brown eyes and blonde hair. She is 5-feet 8-inches tall and weighs around 104-pounds. Few details have been released on the nature of her disappearance.

Deputies said Rider is a parole absconder and convicted sex offender. He is considered armed and dangerous. 

The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department is investigating, along with West Virginia State Police. 

Deputies urge the public to not approach the subjects. Instead you’re asked to contact West Virginia State Police, Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department or the Greenbrier County 911 Center at (304) 647-7911.

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