An 11-Year-Old Was Caught In The Middle Of A Custody Dispute When She Vanished. Decades Later, She Hasn't Been Found.

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Sep. 6 2022, Published 2:23 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.

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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.

A kidnapping warrant was issued in November 2000 for Susan Carter, State Police noted. But neither woman has been found. Police said they may have traveled out of state and were possibly accompanied by a man.

Natasha had a scar on her left eyebrow, police said.

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If she is alive today, Natasha would be 33-year-old. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact State Police at (304) 746-2100.

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.

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

Late last year, FBI investigators renewed calls for answers in the missing-person case, according to MetroNews.

“We’re hoping that by creating a little bit of a media buzz and drawing some attention to it, even though it’s been 21 years, maybe there’s somebody out there that’s been reluctant to come forward and provide some information that could be valuable to the case,” FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Scott Argiro told MetroNews.

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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.

“He was at the press conference today and he was very passionate and very emotional. We really loved to, him being in his 80s right, give him some resolution in this matter,” Argiro said.


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