Girl chews through restraints and flees home where bodies are later found


(CNN) — A kidnapped girl’s escape in Alabama led to the discovery of two decomposing bodies and the arrest of a man now facing murder charges, authorities said.

Police got a call Monday morning from a driver about a girl wandering alone on a county road near Dadeville, Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said Tuesday at a news conference.

The girl, who is 12, told deputies she had just escaped from a home where she had been restrained to bed posts for about a week. She said she had chewed through her restraints — breaking her orthodontic braces in the process. Her wrists bore “marks consistent with restraint,” the criminal complaint said.

The girl had been given alcohol to stay “in a drugged state,” the complaint states. She had not been reported missing, the sheriff said.

Hours later, a 37-year-old man was arrested 25 miles away in Auburn on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping.

While searching his home, detectives found two decomposed bodies, the sheriff said. A forensics team is working to identify the corpses, he said, and how and when they died wasn’t immediately known.

The sheriff said that “other people” were living in the residence. He did not say whether they were suspects in the alleged crimes there.

Video from a Montgomery TV station showed investigators at a well-kept mobile home with a neat lawn.

The suspect worked at a construction site in Auburn and had been living at the home since February, the sheriff said.

Now being held at Tallapoosa County Jail, the suspect also faces three counts of capital murder and two counts of abuse of corpse, Abbett said.

“Once we continue and finish our investigation, I feel certain that several more charges will follow,” Tallapoosa County District Attorney Jeremy Duerr said during Tuesday’s news conference.

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Abbett said the girl has received medical care and is “safe.”

“This is horrendous to have a crime scene of this nature and also a 12-year-old juvenile to deal with this horrendous situation,” he said.

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