Report: Missing NC girl found chained to tree

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Douglas Edwards. (Courtesy WSPA.com)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A 6-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert in North Carolina has been found, and a registered sex offender has been charged with kidnapping.

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said at a news conference that the girl was found Thursday morning in Wilmington, in woods about 2 miles from her home.

WNCN, WOOD TV8’s sister station out of Raleigh, is reporting the girl was found chained to a tree. The passerby gave authorities a battery-powered saw to cut her free.

The sheriff identified the suspect as 46-year-old Douglas Edwards. Media outlets reported that charges of indecent liberties with a child were added Thursday afternoon.

It wasn’t clear if Edwards has an attorney.

McMahon said the child was doing well a day after she had been reported missing from the mobile home park in Wilmington where she lives.

News media outlets report Edwards is a registered sex offender. He has a first court appearance scheduled for Friday morning.

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Information from: The StarNews

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