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Woman in surveillance video a suspect in girl’s abduction from NC, police say

Updated Thursday, 10:15 p.m.: Ahlora Ashanti-Sample Lindiment, a 3-year-old girl in Greensboro, has been found “alive and well” and was reunited with her family Thursday night, more than 24 hours after she was reported missing, Greensboro police said.

An unidentified woman who is suspected of abducting the girl remains at-large, Police Chief Wayne Scott said at a 10 p.m. news conference Thursday night streamed on multiple media outlets.

Here is more on how she was found.

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A 3-year-old girl was reportedly abducted Wednesday night in North Carolina, and a woman caught on a surveillance video is now a suspect in her abduction, officials say.

Officials issued an AMBER Alert after Ahlora Ashanti-Sample Lindiment was taken by an unknown woman in Greensboro, the city’s police department announced in a Facebook post.

The missing girl is about 2 feet tall and 40 pounds with brown eyes and black hair braided with multicolored beads, according to the NC Department of Public Safety’s AMBER Alert site. Ahlora was wearing a short-sleeved pink T-shirt, black jeans and white sandals.

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Ahlora Ashanti-Sample Lindiment, 3, was the subject of an AMBER Alert out of Greensboro, North Carolina, on Wednesday Oct. 9, 2019. NCDPS / NC AMBER Alert

Officials said the child’s alleged abductor is a woman about 20 years old last seen heading northwest from 2411 Phillips Ave., which is a residential area in northeastern Greensboro near retail, restaurants and churches.

Local and federal officials plan to search the neighborhood for anyone who has information, according to a Thursday afternoon update.

The missing girl’s mom encouraged people to come forward, reports ABC11, The News & Observer’s media partner.

“Even if you don’t want to be known, or you don’t want to have your name or anything to do with it, you can always leave an anonymous tip to help us out, to help us find her and make sure she gets home safe,” Erica Lindiment said, according to the station.

Public safety officials described the woman, who may be involved in the girl’s abduction, as being about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 135 pounds with a short ponytail. She was wearing a black crop-top shirt, tiger-print pants with a yellow stripe and dark flip-flops, along with a gold necklace.

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Police hope to identify a woman who may know information in an abduction case. Greensboro Police Department

Police on Thursday released a still photo from surveillance footage that shows a woman wearing a similar outfit. Officials say the person in the picture may be able to help locate the girl.

Greensboro Police released more photos of the woman Thursday evening and said she is now considered a suspect in the girl’s abduction.

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A woman who is a suspect in the girl’s abduction is described by police as being about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 135 pounds with a short ponytail and wearing a black crop-top shirt, tiger-print pants with a yellow stripe and dark flip-flops. Greensboro Police Department
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A woman who is a suspect in the girl’s abduction is described by police as being about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 135 pounds with a short ponytail and wearing a black crop-top shirt, tiger-print pants with a yellow stripe and dark flip-flops. Greensboro Police Department

Officials ask anyone with information to call 911 or the Greensboro Police Department at 336-373-2222.

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