Massachusetts Amber Alert: Ella Abbott abducted from Worcester

PUBLISHED Wed, August 09, 2017 - 10:48pm EDT

A Massachusetts Amber Alert has been issued for 3-year-old Ella Abbott after she was allegedly abducted from Worcester, state officials say. Anyone with information is urged to call 911 immediately. (more)

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The incident happened at about 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday when Ella was taken from 339 Greenwood Street in Worcester. She was taken by her mother, who has been identified as 38-year-old Leeann Rickheit.

Details about the exact circumstances of the abduction were not released, and it was not immediately clear whether Leeann has legal custody of her child. "Rickheit made threats to harm the child this evening," state police said.

Rickheit is believed to have taken her child in a blue 2007 Hyundai Sonata with Massachusetts license plate number 4PG367. It is unknown where she may be heading, though she has a history in the Charlton area and may have recently traveled on the Mass Pike in that area.

Leeann Rickheit is described as a 38-year-old white female with light brown hair and blue eyes, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. Ella is described as a 3-year-old white female with brown hair and brown eyes, standing 3 feet tall and weighing about 40 pounds.

Ella was last seen wearing a purple or dark colored top, police said.

Anyone who sees either Ella, Leeann, or the suspect vehicle is urged to call 911 immediately, or call the Worcester Police Department at 508-799-8606 if you have any other information that could help investigators.

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  Worcester, MA     





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