Two arrested in connection to Franklin County runaways

Thomas Morris/Hunter and Melissa Trainer mugshots
Thomas Morris/Hunter and Melissa Trainer mugshots(New River Valley Regional Jail)
Published: Mar. 22, 2023 at 1:09 PM EDT
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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Two people have been arrested in connection to the runaway of two juveniles in Franklin County, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

47-year-old Melissa Dawn Trainer, the mother of one of the kids, and 57-year-old Thomas Anthony Morris, who also uses the name Hunter, were arrested.

Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office were led to the Snowville area of the county, where Trainer was staying with Morris/Hunter. Information obtained from that location led deputies to a home on Thaxton Road, where the kids were found.

Investigators determined the kids weren’t allowed to leave once they arrived at the Thaxton Road residence, due to the actions of Morris/Hunter, who owned the home.

Trainer was charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Obstruction of Justice, while Morris/Hunter was charged with two counts of Abduction. Both are being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

Deputies say additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation.