Amber Alert canceled, NC girl found safe after pair killed in home

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The 11-year-old girl who went missing from a east Charlotte home where a man and woman were shot and killed Sunday has been found safe in Washington, D.C.


Washington, D.C. Metro Police found Arieyana Forney inside the white Chevy Impala Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officials posted on the AMBER Alert.

According to CMPD officials, a female inside that car called police, saying she had been kidnapped, and described where she was. Officials were not able to confirm if that call came from Arieyana.

“The D.C. Metro Police flooded that area and was looking for this car, our White Impala, and were able to locate that car and they were able to take the occupants of that car into custody and recover Arieyana safely,” said CMPD Major Mike Smathers.

Curtis Atkinson, Jr., has been arrested, and is being held in D.C. on local charges. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officials expect to charge him with the murder of Curtis Atkinson, Sr., and Ruby Atkinson.

Atkinson led D.C. police on a chase before crashing.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, they responded to a home at 11:05 a.m. in the 7500 block of Glenncannon Drive to help the Charlotte Fire Department with a call. Police say there was an attempted arson at the crime scene.

The man and woman were found dead inside the home. The victims are Atkinson’s parents and Arieyana’s grandparents.

Police say Arieyana was missing from the home where she lived with the two victims. CMPD had previously said that the missing girl was 10-years-old.

Officials do not know why Atkinson took Arieyana up to D.C., and have not yet released a motive for the homicides.

CMPD tweeted at 11:49 a.m. that they are investigating this shooting as a homicide.


So far this year, the city has had 25 homicides.

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