A Pennsylvania man, 37 years old, was recently indicted on five felony charges for allegedly kidnapping a 19-year-old mentally impaired woman, taking her across state lines, and having sex with her over a four-day period in July.
A citizens group had helped the police search for the woman, but four days later she returned to her home.
The police suspect that the kidnappers knew that people were searching for her, and may have returned her because of the attention to her case. The woman also had a receipt from a restaurant in her pocket, which indicated her whereabouts when she was missing.
After the teen returned home, investigators also found a gum wrapper in the woman's pocket with a phone number on it. They were able to track down the subscriber of the phone number and identify the suspect, a Washington, Pennsylvania, man.
The woman apparently calls the suspect "Choice." She also told law enforcement officials that another man was with them, who she believed may have been Choice's boss.
The defendant faces life in a federal prison if convicted on these felony charges: conspiracy to engage in illegal sexual activity and kidnapping.
The investigation into the case was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A local police department and an advocacy center assisted the FBI.
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Source: WTOV9.com, "Gum wrapper helped lead to arrest of man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting disabled Wheeling woman," Sept. 6, 2012