Missing 4-year-old Brunswick County girl found safe in Nashville; father taken into custody

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WBTW) — A missing 4-year-old-girl who was last seen in Brunswick County has been found safe in Nashville and her father was taken into custody, according to officials.

Police made a traffic stop at the intersection of Harding Pike & Belle Meade Boulevard just outside of the city of Nashville and found the child safe, officials told sister station WKRN.

Metro police told WKRN a Silver Alert was also issued Wednesday out of North Carolina on behalf of the girl’s father, Elijah McFarland, as he reportedly suffers from “cognitive impairment”. McFarland reportedly said he was taking his daughter, identified as Aubrey Leanne McFarland, to California.

The Silver Alert led officers to a car on Highway 100 that McFarland was possibly driving. Metro police then alerted police in Belle Meade about the car.

Officers ran a license plate check and discovered that the car was indeed connected to the case and that McFarland was behind the wheel. 

Belle Meade police followed the car and initiated a traffic stop at the corner of Belle Meade Blvd and Harding Pike. Aubrey was found with Elijah, unharmed, according to law enforcement.

Elijah has been taken into custody. He has been charged with probation violation and tampering with electronic evidence.

His charges in Nashville are unclear at this time.

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.

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