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Woman evades abductor

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

"Be aware, motorists" is the moral of a call that came in to the Clay County Dispatch Center around 9:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Beth A. Allen, of Terre Haute, was on her way to work Monday. She left her home in her light blue 2004 Ford van.

While she was driving, an unidentified person stuck something in her side, told her to move her rearview mirror, not to look into the back seat and to drive where the suspect told her to go.

After following the suspect's directions and driving for some time, she ended up at a remote location in Clay County.

Approaching Owen County, on C.R. 875 E (about 1 1/2 miles north of S.R. 46, east of Bowling Green), the victim was able to escape the vehicle without injury and run into a nearby wooded area.

According to the victim, the suspect followed her into the woods and then left without locating her.

At some point during the incident, the victim placed a 911 call.

According to dispatchers, that call was a "hang-up" call. A few minutes later at 9:33 a.m., the victim called back and informed them of what was happening.

It is unknown where the suspect went because the victim's van was not taken from the wooded area.

Two Indiana State Police helicopters and Putnamville Corrections K-9 search teams provided an aerial and ground search of the woods and surrounding area for the suspect. The search took place for hours with heat-seeking equipment, but authorities came up empty-handed.

Agencies involved in the search were the Terre Haute Indiana State Police, Clay County Sheriff's Department and Reserves Department, Owen County Sheriff's Department, Carbon Town Marshal and Center Point Deputy Town Marshal.

The case is under investigation by the ISP.

Police remind motorists to lock vehicle doors and be sure to look into the vehicle before getting into it. Lock doors no matter how long the vehicle will be unattended.

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