Police suspects investigation 15

State police this morning located a family from Bedford County who had been listed missing and possibly endangered late Monday in Indiana County.

Authorities were on the lookout for Alicia Brumbaugh, of Imler, with two preschool-age children and her father-in-law after Brumbaugh phoned her relatives back home to ask someone to send the police. Investigators said Brumbaugh reported that she was near a Walmart store in Indiana but the phone call ended before she could provide other details.

State troopers searched the SouthTowne Plaza area and checked store security video recordings but saw no trace of Brumbaugh’s family or their sport utility vehicle.

Vigilant motorists, however, this morning matched the description released earlier by state police with an SUV seen traveling on Route 422 in Armstrong Township. Minutes later, troopers halted the vehicle and verified the occupants.

Troopers took Brumbaugh’s father-in-law, Edgar Decker Jr., of Roaring Spring, into custody to answer an arrest warrant issued in September in Bedford County. There, investigators had charged him with a third-degree felony count of retail theft related to a shoplifting case under investigation since June 2018.

Brumbaugh, 31, and the children, Maverick Lee Brumbaugh, 1, and Aleah Nicole Rose Brumbaugh, 3, were found safe in the vehicle at 10:26 a.m. when troopers completed a traffic stop at the interchange of Routes 422 and 286 in White Township, Trooper Cliff Greenfield reported late this morning.

The search began in a state of alarm, as troopers reported that “Alicia Brumbaugh made a frantic phone call at approximately (11:23 p.m.)” to a relative. “The phone call was terminated prior to further details being obtained.”

Brumbaugh last was seen at her home with the children at 4 a.m. Monday.

“(Brumbaugh) indicated that she and her two children were with Decker at or near the Indiana Walmart and that she requested the police be called. The cell phone used during this phone call is believed to have then been turned off,” Greenfield reported earlier.

Troopers logged Brumbaugh and the children into a national missing and endangered persons database and opened a search centered in Indiana County.

“This investigation continues and additional information will be released” later, Greenfield said.