Abducted North Carolina girl alive and safe, abductor dies after self-inflicted gunshot wound

by Jenny Mount · Feb 23rd, 2021 3:50 pm
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Pennsylvania State Police

Last Updated Feb 24th, 2021 at 9:58 am

A missing 14-year-old girl from North Carolina has been found alive in Arkansas. An officer was hospitalized but is in stable condition after being shot during a confrontation with her abductor.

The abductor, 38-year-old William Robert Ice of Jackson Center, Pennsylvania, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after fleeing from authorities. The kidnapped teen, Savannah Grace Childress, ran from the vehicle and was secured by a state trooper.

The girl was allegedly abducted on February 11.

When two Lonoke, Arkansas, police officers confronted Ice as he was sitting in an SUV parked at a McDonald's, he opened fire at the officers and exited the vehicle. One officer was hit while the other officer, although injured, returned gunfire. Ice got into the vehicle again and fled.

The SUV was spotted and pursued by an Arkansas State Trooper until the vehicle became disabled in a snowbank. The trooper found Ice critically injured from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, which he later died from.

According to Arkansas State Police, Ice was also wanted by Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities in connection with other child predator cases.

"His body has been submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death," said the Arkansas State Police. "The wounded Lonoke police officer is reported to be in stable condition at a Little Rock hospital."


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