Officials: Kidnapped woman found unharmed

Published on Monday, 20 March 2017 20:48 - Written by AUGUSTA ROBINSON,

A 37-year-old woman who was reported as being kidnapped from her home around noon Monday was found unharmed about two hours later and denies she was taken against her will.

Around 12:40 p.m. Monday, deputies with the Smith County Sheriff’s Department said they received a call about a possible kidnapping on the 23600 block of Live Oak Drive in the far northwest part of Smith County. 

The caller advised that a man had kicked in his door and took a female resident out of the residence against her will, Smith County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Darrell Coslin said. 

The man left the location with the female in a green 1998 Ford Aerostar van that had black plastic over its back window.

Coslin said multiple agencies responded to the incident and the female was located unharmed at 2:37 p.m. The vehicle also was recovered at that time.

Coslin said the female claimed she was not kidnapped.

Officials continued to search for the suspect, who fled on foot. The suspect was later taken into custody at County Roads 455 and 456.

Coslin said the 26-year-old male suspect might not be charged with kidnapping because the female said she was not kidnapped and that the two may known each other before this incident. He added that the case is still under investigation.