Abducted girl got text message to mother

Sept. 18, 2006 at 7:40 AM
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LUGOFF, S.C., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old South Carolina girl, abducted 10 days earlier, helped in her weekend rescue by sending her mother a text message from a cellular phone.

Missing since Sept. 6, Elizabeth Shoaf was rescued from a bunker Sunday morning in Lugoff, S.C., less than a mile from her home, CNN reported.

Two things helped investigators find her -- the text message she sent her mother telling her she was in a hole down a road not far from home and a woman's description of her abductor in an unrelated carjacking attempt in a nearby county.

Vinson Filyaw, 36, is in custody facing charges of kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of possessing an incendiary device and one count of impersonating a police officer in the abduction, Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill said.

The girl told deputies she was lured into the woods by a man claiming to be a police officer and then imprisoned in the bunker she was told was booby-trapped to prevent her escape.

The girl got the message to her mother while her alleged abductor slept, investigators said.

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