On Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, around 4:30 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a passing motorist in the 7100 block of Bessie Heights in Orangefield, who reported that a white female was near the edge of the roadway and appeared to have been assaulted. The caller also reported that it appeared the female’s hands and feet were tied together with rope.

Once on scene, the Deputies located the victim and discovered that her hands were tied behind her back, her feet were tied together, her mouth was duct taped and she was blind folded. The victim was conscious and alert with only minor abrasion type injuries.

According to Chief Deputy, Clint Hodgkinson, the victim told Deputies that on Sunday evening, the previous day, she had gone along with several friends to a house in the Orangefield area where there were several subjects she did not know. A disagreement started between her and several of those subjects and they tied her up and placed duct tape over her mouth. After a while, they placed her in a vehicle blind folded and drove her to Bessie Heights Road where they left her on the side of the roadway.

The investigation into the kidnapping is ongoing and the suspects are still being identified. Although the incident appears bizarre, Investigators believe that this is an isolated case among those who were at the house where this incident occurred, and the community should not be alarmed. More information will be released as it becomes available.