CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An 8-year-old girl who was abducted by her father Thursday and taken after he allegedly strangled his ex-wife has been found safe.
An Amber Alert for 8-year-old Porshia Atwell was canceled Saturday evening, mere hours after her grandparents - who have custody of the child - held a news conference with the West Virginia State Police pleading for their son to turn himself in and bring Porshia home safely.
Tracey Lee Atwell, 38, of Iaeger, McDowell County, was taken into West Virginia State Police custody at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday while he was driving on W.Va. 5 near the intersection of Nubbins Ridge and Egeria roads in Mercer County, according to the State Police.
Atwell was arrested without incident and is facing murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, concealment of a child and grand larceny charges.
A trooper at the State Police detachment in Princeton said Porshia Atwell was not harmed and is fine, physically.
"We're all thankful for that," the trooper said.
The two-day manhunt for the missing child involved troopers from several State Police detachments, the Mercer County Sheriff's Department, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Willard Atwell said during a news conference Saturday that Tracey Atwell abducted Porshia after strangling his ex-wife, Christina Maria Atwell, before trying to kill himself.
Christina Maria's body, which was found at her home in Mercer County, has been sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office, which will determine her exact cause of death.