NC toddler found safe, AMBER Alert canceled

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN) — The 3-year-old Spring Lake, North Carolina girl who officials said was abducted by a 20-year-old has been found, according to authorities.

Authorities were in the area of Crest Circle when the announcement was made.

She was found in an abandoned trailer. A tip from an anonymous family led authorities to Zy’Rah Nicole Holliday.

“This is what we all work for,” said Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats.

Terry McNeill, the girl’s grandfather, said he was “speechless” at the news Holliday was found safe.

“Those thousands of prayers brought her home,” McNeill said.

Daquan Seandre Thomas (Credit: Harnett County Sheriff’s Office via WNCN)

Holliday appeared to be dehydrated when she was found. Her mother said Holliday was also hungry and asked for McDonald’s.

Holliday was taken from her home in the 100 block of Sweet Lane around 7 a.m. Tuesday, along with her 11-month-old brother, by Daquan Seandre Thomas, 20, of Spring Lake, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said.

Thomas faces a charge of child abduction and two counts of misdemeanor child abuse in connection with Holliday’s disappearance. Authorities said Thomas has “not been forthcoming” with investigators.

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The AMBER Alert was issued around 3 p.m. She was last seen wearing a black shirt with flowers and the word “Love” on it along with black jogging pants.

Officials said that they believed Holliday and an 11-month-old boy were taken by Thomas, but he was located without the children later in the morning.

The 11-month-old was found safe at a home nearby. The boy is Thomas’ biological son, the sheriff’s office said.

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (WNCN) — An AMBER Alert was issued Tuesday afternoon for a missing Spring Lake toddler.

The alert was issued around 3 p.m. for 3-year-old Zy’Rah Nicole Holliday, who vanished earlier Tuesday morning.

She was last seen wearing a black shirt with flowers and the word “Love” on it along with black jogging pants.

Authorities said the child could be with a 20-year-old man, but the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office later said that person was located without the child.

The sheriff’s office said that man took his 11-month-old, as well as Zy’Rah Holliday, Tuesday morning.

The 11-month-old boy was found safe earlier after the baby was dropped off at a home nearby.

Deputies are searching the area around Brookside Hills Apartments on Sweet Lane where the girl lives with her mother.

Meanwhile, Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats said Zy’Rah Holliday’s mother took out a restraining order Monday against Daquan Seandre Thomas, who officials said took Zy’Rah Holliday and the 11-month-old boy.

Thomas, 20, of Rambeaut Road in Spring Lake, now faces a charge of felony child abduction in the case and two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

Around 9 p.m. officials said they had searched one pond near the mother’s apartment complex. However, they have not been able to complete the search of a second pond and are using sonar in the latest search, Coats said.

Harnett County authorities have requested a helicopter from Brunswick County to help with the search.  Bond for Thomas was set at $200,000.

“Please, if you’ve seen anything or heard anything this morning, give us a call. Please pray for this family. There’s a lot of unknown and this family’s hurting,” Coats said.