September 17, 2006

Text Messaging saves kidnapped girl

Authorities have arrested 37-year-old Vinson Filyaw for the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl who sent a cell phone text message to her mother - from his phone - that led to her rescue from a booby-trapped bunker. The AP reports.

"The sheriff said the text message the girl sent to her mother came from Filyaw's cell phone and deputies began looking for him Friday night.

Investigators used cell towers to determine a general location of the phone used to send the message. "That was the first break,'' McCaskill said.

McCaskill said the girl cried out as searchers approached the bunker where she was found.

...The girl went missing in this rural area about 10 miles east-northeast of Columbia. She was last seen getting off a school bus on Sept. 6."

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