FOUND: Two Missing NC Children Rescued

Siblings missing overnight in rugged western North Carolina mountains have been located.

Officials said the children were located Thursday in the Roan Mountain section of national forest lands in Mitchell County on the Tennessee border. The children are from Kingsport, Tenn., and were hiking with their parents when they disappeared a day earlier.

The U.S. Forest Service said a child's shoe was found about a mile from where the brother and sister last were seen, leading searchers to the children.


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An Amber Alert has been issued for two missing children in North Carolina.

The alert comes from Mitchell County, which is along the state border with Tennessee. The missing children are Alexander Lee Suddeath and Heidi Elizabeth Suddeath.

The two were last seen on Roan Mountain in Mitchell County. The alert says the Suddeaths lost sight of the children while returning to a public parking lot on the mountain.

The alert describes Alexander as a 6-year-old white male, approximately 4 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 55 pounds. He has sandy brown hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a yellow t-shirt, navy blue shorts and croc shoes He has a scar on the right eyebrow.

The alert describes Heidi as a 4-year-old white female, approximately 3 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 38 pounds. She has light brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink skirt, a purple shirt and crocs. She has a scab on her right elbow.


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  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 26, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    Great ending. Dave and PJ, your words can come back to haunt you. I hope never.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    PJ. Do you have children? I have two, and I can see how they could vanish with the blink of an eye. I'm so glad these children were found.
  • by Dave Location: Edenton on Jun 26, 2009 at 03:16 AM
    Thank God the children have been found and are OK. There is a "Higher Power". I still think the parents and maybe the whole family should go to some kind of counseling. I still do not understand two little children that age getting out of their parents sight in the NC mountains or anywhere else for that matter. Thank you.
  • by 3 call me mom Location: Wilson on Jun 25, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    PJ did you keep your children on a choke chain?I have 3 kids (under 11) and I honestly can say I do not know everything they do at every single moment of each day.(I am human)I do the very best I can.Sometimes blinking or a bathroom break are required.Any tips for us mortals?
  • by Zoban1 Location: Ar on Jun 25, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    Thank God they were alive and safe. With all that's been happening with children these days, this is a feel good story for me!
  • by PJ Location: Beaufort county on Jun 25, 2009 at 02:55 PM
    Something is fishy about this. Waiting for the "rest of the story". Sounds impossible for those kids to just disappear.I've had kids & know at that age, you can hear them and SHOULD see them also.
  • by mommy Location: nc on Jun 25, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    THANK GOD!!!
  • by John Location: Ayden on Jun 25, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    I agreed that they may have wandered off, but how far away were they from their parents to begin with? I'm sure once the parents realized the children were missing that they shouted their names. Why didn't the kids respond? Where were the children found? Did they simply wander off and got lost or what? I thank God that they were found safe, but at the same time I'm interested in knowing the rest of the story.
  • by another mom on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    I agree with Mother of 3. No one wants to admit imperfection but it does happen. I am glad that they are found and they are okay. No foul play involved like people assumed.
  • by Dianne Location: Edenton on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    I am just thankful that they have been found and are safe. I was really worried. I will agree that all it takes is a split second for them to disappear. Even the best parents can't watch their child every second. We don't know the circumstances. Thank God they were found and are OK.
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