A missing North Carolina girl has been found alive, PEOPLE confirms.
Stefanny Lopez-Castro was reported missing by her family last night when a man on a black moped allegedly abducted her from her mobile home’s front yard, according to a New Haven County Sheriff’s Department press release.
The 6-year-old was found alive Thursday morning in a wooded area less than two miles from her home, authorities said at a press conference. She had been chained to a tree, a witness told local media.
She has been transported to a local hospital where she is being treated. “She is doing well,” Sheriff Edward McMahon said at the press conference. He declined to comment on whether she had been harmed.
“We beat the odds today,” McMahon said.
On Wednesday, an Amber Alert was issued when Stefanny’s family said they witnessed a man take her while she was playing outside with her younger sibling, authorities said at the press conference.
Douglas Edwards, 46, of Wilmington has been taken into custody, McMahon said. He was picked up in New Hanover County Thursday morning and has been charged with first-degree kidnapping.
Edwards has a history of sexually assaulting children. In 1996 he served 16 years for indecent liberty with a minor and a first-degree sexual offense. Edwards’s victim was 6 years old at the time, according to the Public Department of Safety.
Edwards has not yet entered a plea and not yet been given a bond.