UPDATE: Critically missing man has been found

UPDATE: 8/2/2018 @ 5:14 p.m.- According to Martinsville Police Department, John Wimbush has been located and found to be safe and Valerie Condell is in custody.


Mr. Wimbush is being evaluated at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Washington D.C. He appears to be if good health and will await there for his family members to arrive. Valerie Condell will remain in custody with D.C. authorities until extradited back to Virginia.


The Martinsville Police Department would like to thank the Virginia State Police, the Maryland State Police, and the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, the United States Marshals Service, and especially the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police all who worked closely with our own investigators to recover Mr. Wimbush and bring Ms. Condell into custody.


VIRGINIA – The Virginia State Police has issued a Critically Missing Adult Alert on behalf of the Martinsville Police Department on Aug. 1, 2018, at 4:35 p.m. The Martinsville Police Department is looking for John Alee Wimbush, an 88-year-old, black male, height 5’ 06”, weight 176 lbs, with brown eyes, and black/gray hair.

He was last seen wearing, a blue shirt, jacket and blue jeans. He also uses a cane to walk. He is believed to have been abducted and in danger. He was last seen on Aug. 1, 2018, at 10:28 a.m. on Forest Street in Martinsville, Virginia.

He is believed to be with Valerie Vianna Swinson (AKA Valerie Vianna Condell), a 59-year-old, black female, height 5’ 08”, weight 167 lbs, with brown eyes, and black/blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a black and white striped tank top.

They are believed to be traveling in a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder with an unknown registration. Their possible direction of travel is I-81 north to I-95 north to Fort Washington, Maryland.

Please contact the Martinsville Police Department at 1-276-403-5328 if you have seen Mr. Wimbush or have information about his whereabouts. Complete information on this alert can be found at https://www.vasenioralert.com/

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