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An 11-Year-Old Caught in the Middle of a Custody Dispute Vanished. Decades Later, a Newly Discovered Bullet Could Crack the Case.

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Source: Unsplash; West Virginia State Police

Sep. 11 2023, Published 12:04 p.m. ET

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An 11-year-old was caught in the middle of a custody dispute between her mom and her dad. That was in 2000.

Now, more than two decades later, the child hasn’t been seen since but a new lead could blow the case wide open.

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Natasha Carter was allegedly abducted by her mother, Susan Gail Carter, on Aug. 8, 2000, in Beckley, West Virginia, according to West Virginia State Police.

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A kidnapping warrant was issued in November 2000 for Susan Carter, state police noted, but she was never located.

Natasha, who was known as “Alex,” was in the middle of a contentious custody battle between Susan and Natasha’s father, according to WV MetroNews. Susan allegedly told the girl’s father he would never see her again.

Susan and Natasha had moved in with her new husband and disappeared soon after.

WCHS-TV reported that authorities recently served multiple search warrants at the home of a man name Larry Webb after a renewed FBI probe into the case.

According to the station, state police said investigators were able to “identify and recover additional forensic evidence related to this investigation.”

Webb reportedly knew the missing girl and her mother but told WCHS-TV he didn't know what happened to the child and said he battled dementia.

A caretaker working for Webb claimed the FBI told Webb they recovered a bullet containing the girl's blood from a bedroom wall. State police would not confirm or deny the allegations.

Natasha has a scar on her left eyebrow, police said. If she is alive today, Natasha would be 34. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact State Police at (304) 746-2100.

Last year, police released an age-progressed image and announced a $10,000 reward in the case. They hoped the new photos would spark someone’s memory and get answers in the case — especially for Natasha’s father.


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