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2 children abducted in Upshur

Authorities believe youths taken by family member, headed to Texas

March 13, 2013
By John Wickline - Upshur Bureau Chief ( , The Inter-Mountain

The West Virginia State Police issued an Amber Alert Tuesday for two missing Upshur County girls, whom authorities believe to be in danger after allegedly being abducted by a family member.

The State Police believe the two were likely abducted by Margel Tenney, 62, who is described as being 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He was reportedly wearing a black sweatshirt, blue jeans and boots when last seen, according to the Amber Alert.

Authorities are searching for 16-year-old Shaina Nicole Tenney and 7-month-old Grace Hope Tenney. Shaina Tenney, who is described as being 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 225 pounds and having black hair and hazel eyes, was last seen at a residence in the Rock Cave area. She was last seen wearing a black or gray hoodie, black stretch pants and white tennis shoes.

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G. Tenney

Grace Tenney is described as being 2 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing about 19 pounds. She is said to have black hair and blue eyes. She was reportedly wearing a flowered sun dress and pink coat when last seen.

The State Police reported the group initially may have been traveling in a 1999 red Dodge extended cab truck with an unknown registration, which was once seen heading south on West Virginia Route 20 near the Upshur-Webster county line, according to the Amber Alert. But a spokesman for the State Police said the group switched vehicles around 6:30 p.m. in the Belington area of Barbour County and could now be driving a tan, 2003 four-door Ford Taurus.

The State Police believes the group is heading to Texas. The State Police reported the Taurus has a license plate number of 2LW 179.

Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of either girl is asked to call the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police at 304-473-4200, their local 911 center or *SP on a cell phone.



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