Plea deal reached for Bumpass man who led police on manhunt

Bruce Lynch

Bruce Lynch, the Bumpass man who with a 14-year-old girl was the subject of a 10-day manhunt last October, pleaded guilty today in Louisa Circuit Court to four counts each of indecent liberties and carnal knowledge of a minor.

As many as 100 police officers and FBI agents were involved in the search for Lynch and the child he was with from Oct. 21, 2019 until they were stopped in Caroline County in Oct. 30. Most of the manhunt took place in a small area of Hanover County near Montpelier.

The girl's family reported on Oct. 21 that she was missing from her home. She had gone to bed around 8 p.m. the night before; when a family member went to wake her in the morning, they found pillows under her blankets in the shape of a person.

Lynch and the child were caught after authorities received a tip from a citizen in Caroline County.

Lynch, 34, was initially charged with abduction in Louisa Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The charge was later dropped. Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Rusty McGuire filed a direct indictment against Lynch in circuit court in November on the charges of indecent liberties and carnal knowledge of a minor. The offenses took place on Sept. 21, 2019 and Oct. 21, 2019.

“I can’t imagine the feeling of a parent waking up and realizing that their child is missing," McGuire said. "We are thankful for the many law enforcement agencies involved in this case and the quick action of the citizen who spotted Lynch and the child."

Lynch is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 21. 

Last updated July 20 at 3 p.m.

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