Missing five-year-old girl found safe

February 20, 2009 8:23:55 PM PST
There's good news in the case of a five-year-old girl missing since Monday night.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The FBI says Annabelle Williams Forlano has been found safe at a rest area in Ohio, somewhere between Columbus and Cleveland. An Amber Alert had been issued for the girl.

Preliminary information indicates the Fayette County, Ohio Sheriff's Department located the 18-wheeler in which the suspects had used to flee from the Conroe area. Deputies said they found the truck at a truck stop. The truck engine was running and the door was locked and there was no response from inside the vehicle.

Deputies continued to search the area and located a male matching the description of Carl Forlano. When deputies approached him, he attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended.

Forlano returned with deputies to the 18-wheeler and gave the keys to deputies to unlock the door, at which time deputies located Annabelle and suspect Angela Faith Williams.

Carl Forlano and Angela Faith Williams were arrested on the charge of kidnapping and transported to the Fayette County Jail. Annabelle was placed with a child advocate and the child advocate is currently making arrangements to return her to her custodial aunt and uncle in Montgomery County, Texas.

Authorities say Annabelle was abducted by her biological parents during a supervised visit to Chuck E. Cheese in Conroe. The girl's aunt and uncle, Joyce and Kurk Nielsen, were recently awarded custody of the child after a legal battle with her biological parents.

Police say Angela Faith Williams, 45, and Carl Forlano, 56, are the girl's biological parents. They had reportedly been upset over what they call a lack of supervised visits. They apparently requested a supervised visit with the Nielsens and the child, which they set up at the restaurant.

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