Missing woman kidnapped

November 3, 2009 2:57:18 PM PST
Detectives say a missing woman has been found safe in Chatham County.Shelia Towell Shaner, 54, was found on U.S. Highway 64 around midnight. Detectives say she told them someone had kidnapped her after she drove away from the parking lot of her Aberly Place apartment off Timber Drive Monday morning.

Shaner's daughter told ABC 11 that her mother went to a gas station and was rummaging in her purse for her gas card when she realized there was a man in the backseat of the car.

She said Shaner was looking for the card when she said "Where did I put that?" to herself. The man said "Let's see what else is in there."

The man said he had a gun, but Shaner never saw it. He told her to drive to a different gas station, and then directed her to take off her shoes so she wouldn't run away before pumping $30 dollars worth of gas.

He then told Shaner to drive to Jordan Lake and gave her very specific directions to a muddy dirt road with a chain across it. He told her to drive up the road, but she told the man the car would get stuck. He told her "It's not the car that I want."

Shaner then told the man she couldn't walk without shoes and asked the man if she could put on a pair of sneakers she had in the car. When he agreed, she took off running into the woods and hid. She stayed hidden all day and then came out to Highway 64 after dark to flag down a motorist.

She said several cars passed before an EMS worker finally stopped and called 911.

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Police were already looking for Shaner because her husband called when she never arrived to her job at First Citizens Data Processing Center located at Tryon and Hammond roads.

"I'm in the parking lot where my wife works. She left for work this morning about 20 til 8 a.m. We cannot find her, cannot locate her. She's never late to work," said the man.

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Investigators were looking for Shaner's 2006 silver Pontiac Montana with the NC license plate WPV-3659. ABC11's helicopter located the minivan just before noon Tuesday parked on a dirt road off Seaforth Road near Hwy 64 and contacted authorities.

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Shaner described her abductor as a younger white male wearing camouflage clothing.

Tuesday evening, the family released a statement that said in part, "Our family would like to extend our gratitude for all of the thoughts, prayers, and concerns that have been expressed by friends, family, and the public regarding Shelia Shaner's abduction (Monday). In addition, we extend many thanks to the Garner Police Department, especially Detective Pappas, and the Chatham County emergency personnel who successfully found her early this morning. We are extremely grateful for her safe return home."

Anyone with information about a possible suspect is asked to call the Garner Police Department at (919) 772-8810.

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