UPDATE: VSP: Father of 3 abducted Roanoke Co. children in custody, children found safe


Photos (from left to right): Cameron, Colin, Emma Allison. (VSP)

UPDATE 5:15 P.M. ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WJHL)- According to officials at the Roanoke County Police Department, an AMBER Alert for three children has been canceled after they “have been safely located.”

The brief release from Virginia State Police also said that Ruby Allison was taken into police custody.

No further information was immediately available.


UPDATE 1:10 P.M. ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – The father of three missing children from Roanoke County, Virginia has been taken into custody, but the children are still missing as of 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to an updated release from Virginia State Police, John Allison, the father of Cameron, Emma and Colin, has been taken into custody, but the children are believed to be with their mother.

John’s 2006 Cadillac 4-door has been recovered, but the children are believed to be with Ruby Allison.

Ruby is thought by VSP to be driving a 1999 Maroon Chevrolet Suburban with the Virginia tag VVU-3796.

VSP says no other details are available at this time.



An AMBER Alert has been issued by the Virginia State Police and Virginia Missing Children Clearlinghouse after three children were abducted on Tuesday in Roanoke County.

According to a release from VSP, these three children were abducted around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and are believed to be in extreme danger:

  • Cameron Allison, 6 years old – white, brown hair, brown eyes
  • Emma Allison, 6 years old – white brown hair, brown eyes
  • Colin Allison, 21 months old – white blonde hair, brown eyes

VSP reports the children are suspected to have been abducted by their father, John Varion Allison.

John Allison is a white male with blonde hair and brown eyes. He is 5’9″ and weighs roughly 185 pounds.

According to VSP, John Allison is believed to be driving a 1999 maroon Chevrolet Suburban with a Virginia registration reading VVU-3796.

He may also be in a 2006 maroon Cadillac 4-door car with a Virginia registration of VMV-8238.

John Allison may also be in the company of his wife, Ruby Marie Allison, who is a white woman with brown hair and eyes. SHe is 5’3″ and weighs 160 pounds.

For more information, call the Roanoke County Police Department at 540-777-8798.

For more information from VSP on the AMBER Alert, click here.

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