UPDATE: Newport News Police say Brielle Silver and her mother Bethany Gould were located safely in Georgia. Silver will be reunited with her family.

Police say the misdemeanor for abduction against Bethany Renae Dawn Gould has been upgraded to a felony.


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse have issued an Amber Alert on behalf of the Newport News Police Department, for child abduction.

According to Newport News Police, Brielle Silver, 9, was last seen around 10 a.m. on Saturday, leaving a business at 12877 Jefferson Ave.

Brielle is described as a light-skinned female with curly brown hair with highlights. She is around 4 feet 7 inches tall and 100 pounds and was last seen wearing a black tank top with white shorts and no shoes.

According to her father, she was picked up from the business by her mother, who is a non-custodial parent, possibly driving a silver/gray Mercury Mariner with Tennessee plates 978BJSC with possible front-end bumper damage on the driver’s side.

Police say the child is believed to be in extreme danger.

The child is believed to have been abducted by Bethany Renae Dawn Gould, a white female, with brown hair, hazel eyes, 5 foot 4 inches tall, weighing 140 lbs.

Bethany Renae Dawn Gould (Credit: NNPD)

If you know anything about Brielle’s whereabouts, please call 911 or Newport News Police Communications at (757) 247–2500.

Check WAVY.com for the latest updates.