Girl aids rescue by texting location

Sept. 17, 2006 at 10:21 AM
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COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- South Carolina authorities Sunday arrested a man suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl who led searchers to her with a text-message on her captor's phone.

Vinson Filyaw, 36, was arrested by Kershaw County Sheriff deputies on an interstate just outside Columbia, S.C., following a failed car-jacking attempt, WLTX-TV, Columbia, reported.

Filyaw was suspected of kidnapping Elizabeth Shoaf, who was snatched by a man posing a sheriff's deputy after she she got off a school bus Sept. 6.

The girl was found alone in a wooded bunker nearly Filyaw's home Saturday morning. Police were led to the area by clues Elizabeth had texted to her mother on a cell phone she took from her captor when he fell asleep, WLTX said.

The teenager, who authorities said appeared to be in good condition, was taken to an area hospital and reunited with her family at her home later Saturday.

Filyaw was jailed pending a bond hearing. His girlfriend was also arrested at the couple's home but what charge or charges she would possibly face were unknown.

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