Sheriff says 3-year-old in Scotland County found alive with family pet

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The missing 3-year-old from Scotland County was in woods for nearly 16 hours, according to Scotland County Sheriff Ralph Kersey.

Kersey told News13 Allyson Oxendine was safe found around 8 A.M. this morning by a family friend. The 3-year-old is believed to have been with the family pet during her disappearance.

“She appeared to be good compared to the last 16 hours that she had been through. I can say, without a doubt, that the animal took very good care of her,” said Sheriff Kersey.

According to Sheriff Kersey, another child went missing in the area about 10 months ago. He encourages parents to keep a close eye on their children.

“We just to keep our eyes on them. It’s not just them wandering off, but we have a lot of bad people in this world and there are predators, and they are looking for children ,” he said.

UPDATE: 9 A.M .OCTOBER 31: A 3-year-old in Scotland County has been found safe after an Amber Alert was issued.

Allyson Nicole Oxendine was found alive Thursday, according to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit.

“The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office extends its sincerest gratitude to the citizens and members of multiple communities who assisted and shared the information,” the unit said.

The unit said no other information will be released at this time.

Count on News13 for updates as we work to learn more.

LAUREL HILL, NC (WBTW) – An AMBER Alert has been issued for a 3-year-old girl out of Scotland County. Allyson Nicole Oxendine was reported missing Wednesday.

Authorities say 3-year-old Allyson was last seen in the area of 10041 Hunt Road, in Laurel Hill. She is described as an Indian girl with brown hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 3’0″ and weighs about 32 pounds. Authorities say she was last seen wearing pink sweatpants, a maroon shirt, and Croc slip-on shoes. She is also said to be in possession of two white dogs.

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The sheriff’s office says Allyson turned three Wednesday, the day she was reported missing.

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Search and Rescue personnel along with members of another agency are assisting in the search. There is no abductor information at this time.

An AMBER Alert is issued in the most serious child-abduction cases, according to The goal is to immediately inform the community in order to assist in the search and safe recovery of a child.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Scotland County Sheriffs Office immediately at 910-276-3385 or call 911 or star HP.

Count on News13 for updates.


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