GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — While investigators continue to figure out a motive for the abduction of Noah Trout, friends and neighbors are exhaling after the toddler’s safe return to his family.
During a news conference on Monday, May 3, the Giles County Sheriff’s Office said the words everyone was waiting to hear: Noah Trout has been found safe.
“I could breathe now,” said Janet Millirons, wife of the sheriff in Giles County. “Actually, I went over and grabbed a cupcake because I’ve been looking at them all day, but I haven’t felt like eating.”
WFXR News was at the sheriff’s office all day, awaiting word about Trout’s safety.
A stranger walked out of the front door of Riverview Baptist Church and left with the two-year-old boy.
Church member Frank Longrie told WFXR News, “Our ushers, basically we shut down the church, shut down all the cars leaving.”
The events on Sunday, May 2 broke Longrie’s heart.
“It was pretty emotional for me because I got grandkids,” he said. “And don’t mess with my grandkids.”
He, like many in his congregation, are happy that Trout is now safe. Neighbors tell WFXR News that the church is one of the largest in Giles County. They also have several security cameras.
Members say they have protocols in place in case of an emergency. Those protocols are likely to change.