Police find missing 3-year-old boy in Va. safe, still searching for suspect

Cayden Thomas Merchant (L) James Benjamin King (R) (Virginia State Police Department)

The Virginia State Police have cancelled the AMBER Alert for a missing three-year-old boy who was last seen Monday evening in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

Police say they are still searching for the man suspected of abducting the boy.

Cayden Thomas Merchant was found safe Monday night after he went missing at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 9100 block of Germont Avenue in North Chesterfield, police say.

He was believed to be in the custody of James Benjamin King, 40, who may be driving a red 2016 Hyundai Elantra with a Virginia license plate that reads XWS-1828.

Police had said Merchant and King may have been headed towards Petersburg.

Merchant is described as "a black male, 2 feet in height and weighs 29 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a white flannel button up shirt with orange and gray stripes."

King is "5'1 and weighs 130 lbs. He is a black male with brown eyes and a short afro. King was last seen wearing a Dead Pool insignia t-shirt with light-colored blue jeans."

If you have any information on King's whereabouts call 911 or the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251.

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