6-Year-Old-Girl Found Safe After Being Kidnapped

WILMINGTON, NC– A six-year-old Wilmington girl is back with her family tonight after a convicted sex offender kidnapped her from her home.

That man is in jail tonight.

Searchers found Stefanny Lopez-Castro chained to a tree this morning about 2 miles from her home. At that point she had been missing for 18 hours.

The new hanover county sheriff fought back tears as he talked about the kidnapping.

“I have a granddaughter that age. It’s personal when this is in our community and this kind of stuff doesn’t normally happen. This is just very personal and it should be to everybody,” said Sheriff Ed McMahon.

Douglas Edwards is charged with kidnapping and indecent liberties with a child. Edwards got out of prison in 2012 after serving 16 years for raping a young girl in 1994.