DSP: Abduction investigation ends in West Virginia

A woman was found in West Virginia after troopers say she was abducted in Delaware on Thursday. 

According to Delaware State Police, Troopers responded to a welfare check on a 28-year-old woman in the Holly Hill Mobile Home Park in Smyrna.

Police say the victim's boyfriend received a call from her requesting help. He told police he believed the victim had been abducted by her estranged husband, 26-year-old Steven Smith.

Upon arrival, Troopers noticed a damaged front door and did not find the victim.

Further investigation revealed that both Smith and the victim had a domestic history and he recently threatened to kill her.

Police later learned that the victim and Smith were traveling in the victim's vehicle, in West Virginia. During a pursuit with police, Smith drove over stop sticks and struck two patrol vehicles, before stopping off the roadway.

Smith was found dead in the car, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The victim was also found in the car. The victim later told police Smith had abducted and assaulted her, and indicated that he was going to kill her and then kill himself. She was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Categories: Delaware, Local News

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