Vehicle spotted as police search for missing 4-year-old West Virginia girl

Gracelynn Scritchfield and Arlie Hetrick III (Photos: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
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UPDATE: Gracelynn Scritchfield was found safe in Texas and her father was arrested Thursday. The Amber Alert has been canceled.

FAIRMONT, W. Va. (WTHR) - A vehicle involved in the case of a missing West Virginia girl was seen on Tuesday in Arizona.

The vehicle was heading eastbound on I-40.

Police issued an Amber Alert for Gracelynn June Scritchfield earlier his week after she was reported missing July 6.

The four-year-old girl has brownish-blonde hair and blue eyes. She's about three feet tall and weighs 35 pounds.

She was wearing summer attire, police said, but no further description of her clothing was given. She is believed to be in extreme danger.

Police say she was likely abducted by her father, 26-year-old Arlie Edward Hetrick III. He is a 5'9", 140-pound white male with brown hair and blue eyes.

According to Gracelynn's mother Summer Stritchfield, Gracelynn went to visit Hetrick on July 13.​​

Gracelynn was supposed to be returned home by 6:00 p.m. the following day. When Gracelynn didn't arrive on time, Summer called Hetrick at 6:30 p.m. where she was told by Hetrick that he had taken Gracelynn on a week-long vacation. Summer was not told about the vacation prior to the visitation.

The trip was supposed to end on July 19, but she did not hear back from Hetrick, so she called the Fairmont police during the July 20-21 weekend.

Summer says she does not know where Hetrick could have gone, but said she has heard rumors that he potentially could have gone out-of-state or potentially out-of-country.

Authorities have described a suspect vehicle as a gold 2001 Subaru Forester with West Virginia license plate 1TH163.

If you see Gracelynn or her father or have information about there whereabouts, call 911 or the West Virginia State Police in Fairmont. Their number is 304-367-2850.

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