Hearing set for alleged abductor

Louisa County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Deborah Tinsley scheduled a bond hearing for Nov. 22 in the case of Bruce Lynch, the man accused of abducting 14-year-old Isabel Hicks of Bumpass.

Tinsley continued a magistrate’s Nov. 1 bond denial for Lynch, who triggered a manhunt in western Hanover County last week after he and Hicks were spotted in the area.

The court appointed Mike Hallahan as Lynch’s attorney, but the defendant said he may request someone else.

Lynch and Hicks were stopped Oct. 30 after a short chase in Caroline County near the area of Ladysmith. Hicks was soon reunited with her family. 

The abduction that captured nationwide attention was brought to an end through a tip from a member of the public, said Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Major Donald Lowe. 

“We had a caller that called in... that gave us some very good information,” he said. “This investigation began as a missing person, and we watched it transform into one of the most successful examples of how this system works.”

Lynch was seen on Oct. 29 in the area of the 14000 block of Clazemont Road. His mother, Lisa Harper, lives in the area, and said that her son came to her for help.

“I told him that he could either turn himself in, or that I was going to call the police,” she said in a published report. 

The pair fled into the woods at that point. Authorities combed the woods near Montpelier on Oct. 30 but did not find them. 

“We would like to thank the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and all of the agencies who worked together to make this happen,” Lowe said. 

Lynch was placed in custody in the Central Virginia Regional Jail. Hicks was returned home to her mother, where authorities said she was “tired and overwhelmed.”

“We would ask that everyone respect their privacy in this trying time,” Lowe said.