Abducted elderly Martinsville man found safe, suspect in custody

John Alee Wimbush

RICHMOND – Virginia State Police issued an Ashanti Alert for a missing, elderly Martinsville man on behalf of the Martinsville Police Department Wednesday.

88-year-old John Alee Wimbush was previously last seen at 10:38 a.m. Wednesday on Forest Street in Martinsville, Virginia. He was believed to have been abducted and in danger.

On Thursday around 1 p.m. state police said the alert was canceled and he was ‘recovered safely.’

They added that the alleged abductor is in custody.

Authorities previously said they believed Wimbush was with Valerie Vianna Swinson (also known as Valerie Vianna Condell), a 59-year-old woman.

There is no information on who the person in custody is at this time.