UPDATE (12:45 P.M. 7/26): The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Thursday morning and said they have charged 52-year-old Richard W. Tester with aggravated kidnapping.

Kristen Quon, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said Tester and the 17-year-old girl had met in person before, but are not releasing how they knew each other at this time.

Quon said the girl had left with Tester willingly, but Tester was charged because she is a minor and he took her out of the state. He could be federally charged since he took her across state lines.

The girl is physically fine, Quon said, and will talk to investigators and then go back to her family. She was reported missing on Tuesday and the sheriff's office got the case on Wednesday, Quon said.

She also said they are not sure if Tester had a criminal record in other places at this time.

UPDATE: A 17-year-old girl abducted from Tennessee has been found and a suspect is in custody, according the FBI in Knoxville.

Investigators said the girl was seen at a grocery store (Food City) in Bristol, Tennessee. They believed 52-year-old Richard W. Tester abducted Galliher from the location.

The AMBER Alert has been canceled.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Knoxville said a missing 17-year-old girl from Bristol might be in danger.

The FBI said Grace Galliher is believed to have left her home in Bristol on Tuesday, July 24 with 52-year-old Richard Tester.

The FBI said she was last seen leaving a motel in Marion, Va. with Tester and they are believed to have traveled north on I-81 in a black or dark blue 2004 Chevy Trail Blazer with Tennessee tags B7101V.

Tester is described to be 5'9 and approximately 166 pounds with glasses. Galliher is 5'9 with dark black hair and brown eyes.

A BOLO has been issued to local law enforcement agencies in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office at (423) 279-7500 or 911.