Toddler Rescued And Reunited With Family After Abduction From Church, Additional Children Targeted

A little over 24 hours after the abduction, 2-year-old Noah Trout was located and reunited with his loved ones. Police say the suspects shaved the child’s head during the alleged kidnapping.

May 07, 2021
Noah Trout [via Giles County Sheriff's Office Facebook page]

Noah Trout [via Giles County Sheriff's Office Facebook page]

Noah Trout [via Giles County Sheriff's Office Facebook page]

By: Michelle Sigona

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Two people are behind bars following the abduction of 2-year-old Noah Trout from a church in Giles County, Virginia, and it’s possible children from two other churches may have been targeted as well. Nancy Renee Fridley, 44, is facing one count of abduction and one count of child endangerment. Bobby Lee Taylor, 42, is also reportedly charged with one count of abduction. According to police, the suspects’ home is two hours away from the church.

The Giles County Sheriff’s Office said there appears to be no connection between the suspects and the victim’s family, and it appears Noah was chosen at random. In addition, the sheriff’s office said in a press release on their Facebook page, “Fridley may have been casing other places outside of Giles County to commit similar acts.”

Authorities on a state, local and federal level, including the Giles County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Virginia State Police, Virginia ABC Enforcement, Pearisburg Police, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, immediately hit the ground after Noah was taken.

Investigators worked tirelessly and tracked the child to a mobile home park at 100 Nicholas Drive in Clifton Forge, officials said. Local news outlet WSET said authorities staked out the suspects’ trailer for “hours” before moving in to rescue Noah. Noah’s recovery was made within 26 hours of the time he was taken and according to reports, his hair was shaved. Investigators say Noah was checked on the scene by first responders and then taken to a local medical center for evaluation. He was ultimately cleared and released back to his family.

Authorities believe one of the suspects, Fridley, made visits to two other churches in the area including New Valley Fellowship and Mountain View Ministries, both in Narrows. It’s possible she was at those locations earlier on the morning of Noah’s abduction and possibly a month before as well, they said.

At the time of these visits, investigators believe Fridley was driving a charcoal colored 2007 Chevy Trailblazer with a “BOOBER” sticker at the top of the windshield. “We think there are other potential witnesses out there who could and should come forward,” the Giles County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

If you have any additional information about this case or other possible sightings, please contact the Giles County Sheriff’s Office directly: (540) 921-3842

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