Tompkins County Sheriff issues Amber Alert for two Enfield children believed abducted by parent

December 24, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Department has issued an Amber Alert, saying two young children were abducted on Tuesday afternoon. 

Update: We understand the children are in custody and this Amber Alert has been canceled.

The children are Violet Thorne, about two and a half, and Brian Thorne, about four years old, and the suspect in their abduction is Leonard Thorne. Thorne is a white male, about 38 years old, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs about 165 pounds.

Violet is about three feet tall, weighs about 30 pounds, and has short blonde hair and blue eyes, and Brian is about 3 feet 6 inches tall, weighs about 40 pounds, and has short blonde hair and blue eyes. 

Leonard Thorne with son Brian. Photo from Thorne family.Leonard Thorne with son Brian. Photo from Thorne family.The abduction occurred at about 4pm on Tuesday, December 23rd, near Heron Drive, in the Enfield area west of Ithaca, and the Amber Alert was issued at 11:48am on Wednesday. The children had been removed from the suspect's custody by family court, according to the Sheriff's Department, "due to the suspect's substance abuse and child abuse and neglect history." The suspect has failed to surrender the children, has taken them to an unknown location, and is still believed to be in the Ithaca area, according to the bulletin.

The Amber Alert activation covers New York State regions 3 and 5, the Southern Tier and western Catskills. Included are Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, and Yates Counties.

Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department at 866-NYS-AMBER (866-697-2623) or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.

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