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Authorities walk back reports of Amber Alert sighting near Flagstaff

Gracelynn Scritchfield, Arlie Hetrick (DPS Photos)

PHOENIX — Authorities walked back reports Tuesday afternoon that the suspect of last week’s Amber Alert was seen near Flagstaff earlier in the morning.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety initially said a citizen “had contact with” Arlie Hetrick III, 26, at a gas station in Williams. Later, the department said the report was unconfirmed.

According to Williams Police, the possible sighting did not occur Tuesday but around July 20, before the Amber Alert was issued.

Gracelynn Scritchfield, 4, was allegedly abducted by Hetrick in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 6.

Police said July 23 that Hetrick’s vehicle was seen driving eastbound on Interstate 40 in Holbrook.

Hetrick’s car is a gold 2001 Subaru Forester with West Virginia license plate 1TH163. The vehicle may also have two bungee cords securing the rear hatch door.

Gracelynn has light brown hair and blue eyes. She is 3 feet tall, weighs 35 pounds and was last seen wearing “summer attire.”

Hetrick has brown hair and blue eyes, weighs 140 pounds and is 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

Police said Hetrick may have shoulder length hair and sometimes goes by “Trey.”

Police said Gracelynn is believed to be in extreme danger.

Anyone who sees Gracelynn, Hetrick or the vehicle was asked to call 911.

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