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Amber Alert issued for 3-year-old in Lincoln County

By Dan Duffey
Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert on Sunday for a 3-year-old girl who it said was abducted by her mother's boyfriend.

Christina Grace Koonce was abducted from her home in Lincolnton about 6:30 or 7 p.m. Sunday by Troy Lee Koonce Jr., according to a spokesman for the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Troy Koonce was the boyfriend of Christina Koonce but is not her father, the spokesman said.

Troy Koonce was last seen driving north on U.S. 321 in a white, 1998 Dodge Caravan with North Carolina tag BCC 6470.

The girl's mother had recently moved to Lincolnton from Washington, N.C., and Troy Koonce drove from Washington to Lincolnton to convince the mother to move back, the spokesman said. The two adults got into an argument, and Troy Koonce took Christina and left with her, the spokesman said.

The Sheriff's Office said Christina is white, about 3 feet tall and weighs about 32 pounds. She has blonde hair and hazel eyes and was last seen wearing a pink shirt with flowers, gray sweatpants and no shoes.

If you have any information regarding this abduction,call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department immediately at 704-735-8202 or call 911 or *HP.

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