Police investigate kidnapping report

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Law enforcement agencies in two states were investigating Thursday the kidnapping of a Harlem woman.

The 62-year-old woman allegedly was abducted from a Harlem grocery store Wednesday and later found near Greenwood, S.C., according to authorities. She was found by a South Carolina police officer in a wooded area off U.S. Highway 25, near her vehicle.

"A man supposedly approached her, pulled out a gun and got her into her car and made her drive over here to our jurisdiction," said Greenwood County sheriff's Maj. John Murray. "He got her out of the car, took her into the woods and beat her about the face and head. She says she blacked out and when she woke up he was gone."

Harlem Public Safety Lt. Kelvin Hartwell said that the woman told authorities that her kidnapper was hiding in her sport utility vehicle when she left the store.

Police said the woman described her kidnapper as white, in his late 40s or early 50s and with a slim build.

Lt. Hartwell said that the woman also told him the kidnapper was wearing a blue shirt, denim pants and had a tattoo of a tribal design on his left wrist.

Harlem authorities said the kidnapping occurred at the Harlem IGA at 575 W. Milledgeville Road.

Police are asking the public for help.

Anyone with information can call the Harlem Department of Public Safety at (706) 556-6262 or the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office at (864) 943-8052.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 06/26/09 - 05:03 am
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Did the IGA have cameras? If
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Did the IGA have cameras? If not, use a different store! People and the economy should make you more alert to see what is around you. Check your vehicle before entering!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/26/09 - 05:31 am
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Another crime by a crazy

Another crime by a crazy white guy. He both hid in her SUV and approached her with a gun. He abducted a 62 year old woman, had her drive him to Greenwood, beat her about the head and shoulders and then left her and her vehicle to be found by police in the woods. At best, there's a lot of this story missing.

ladyjanegrey
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ladyjanegrey 06/26/09 - 06:13 am
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want to bet it turns out to

want to bet it turns out to be a lie?

anonymous2
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anonymous2 06/26/09 - 11:07 am
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Better check out her story

Better check out her story real good. I agree with patriciathomas. Something doesn't add up.

Tots
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Tots 06/26/09 - 04:22 pm
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I agree with all of you.

I agree with all of you.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/26/09 - 07:53 pm
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Well, did the man hide in her

Well, did the man hide in her car or approach her? Read this carefully, she is telling two totally different stories. When a quote has the word "supposedly" then the sheriff is saying he doesn't believe her.

Rose
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Rose 06/26/09 - 09:01 pm
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she really was attacked and

she really was attacked and left for dead. I saw the story on tv. She has visible injuries. You who say it is a lie are idiots. If it ever happens to you, I hope someone says you lied.

Rose
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Rose 06/26/09 - 09:04 pm
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Watch the video and then see

Watch the video and then see if you think it is a lie. Here it is.
http://www.wrdw.com/crimeteam12/headlines/49208487.html

Rose
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Rose 06/26/09 - 09:08 pm
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the police always state

the police always state alleged and supposedly, because the case is not solved yet.

anonymous2
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anonymous2 06/26/09 - 09:51 pm
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No one isn't saying it didn't

No one isn't saying it didn't really happen to her, I think they are asking what is the underlying story behind what happened because the facts just don't hold water.

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christie 06/26/09 - 10:19 pm
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Rose, I am glad that you

Rose, I am glad that you stated what you said because it seems that people on here are quick to comment to what they don't know about. Someone had to give her those visible injuries.

ocean11
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ocean11 07/06/09 - 04:41 pm
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where is the sketch of the

where is the sketch of the man?

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