A good Samaritan in Louisville, Ky., who thought she heard thumping from a car trunk on Monday rescued a kidnapped women who had been missing for three days.
Tiasha Chaplin and a friend were walking by a parking lot on their way to pick up their children from school when she heard the noise, according to WAVE-TV.
“We was walking past the car and we heard a thump, thump, thump and we thought it was a prank, somebody was pranking us,” Chaplin said.
Just in case, the women called 911 before continuing down the street.
On the return trip, the women heard the noise once more. This time, when another bystander said that he thought he heard a voice from inside the trunk, Chaplin decided to act.
“One of the males said that she said she couldn’t breathe,” Chaplin said. “At that time I got scared. 911 still hadn’t arrived, so I ran across the street, got a brick, threw the brick through the passenger window.”
They opened the car’s trunk and found 44-year-old Aundrea Stone, who had been missing since Friday. Stone was short of breath and dehydrated. She also had a head injury and a broken elbow and was taken directly to the hospital, WAVE-TV reported.
Stone’s memory of what happened to her is imperfect, according to WLKY-TV.
She told police that when she got back into her car after shopping at a local grocery store, a man was waiting for her.
“There was a man inside, a white man in his 30s,” said Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell. “Very vague description of clothing, with a hoodie on, looking somewhat scraggly, and indicated he had a weapon.”
The man forced Stone to drive around Kentucky and Indiana for two days, before – apparently – leaving her locked in the truck of her daughter’s car, according to WLKY.
The pastor of Stone’s church, Carl Fletcher, says that friends and family had reported her missing on Friday when she didn’t pick her daughter up from class.
“We knew that something was going on because everything was out of character for her,” Fletcher told WAVE-TV.
Friends and family had been looking for her since. In fact, family friend Carla Blevins had searched the area where Stone was found earlier on Monday.
“I feel like just rejoicing that she is alive,” Blevins said.
Police said that Chaplin and those with her may have saved her life by not waiting for emergency services to arrive.
Fletcher said that Stone’s friends and family were determined to pray for her until they received an answer.
“Our mindset was to hope for the best and pray for the best,” Fletcher told WLKY-TV. “And God heard that prayer.”
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