Two quick-thinking men likely gave a happy ending to a story about a kidnapping. A young 3-year-old girl, Ava Byrne, was kidnapped from her Pennsylvania home. She was found a short time later in New York.
One of the men noticed a vehicle that looked like a description of the one that had been put out by police officers. The report had been issued only about five minutes before the man saw the car. He spotted the license plate and ran up to a traffic officer.
When the officer saw the plate, he called in the information and stopped the vehicle. He told the driver not to move from the vehicle after pulling it over. The officer saw the little girl in the car with the driver. He called for another officer to help, and the man tried to run away. However, another officer in the area saw the driver and helped to capture him.
Ava’s father kidnapped her. He has a mental illness that causes him to hear voices. Ave was taken to a local hospital, and her father was taken to the police department. Ava’s mother was able to reunite with her daughter thanks to the efforts of strangers who were paying attention to their surroundings.