Dispatcher saves woman kidnapped by escaped inmate

The Mich. dispatcher urged the woman to lock herself in a gas station bathroom, and relayed critical information to responders


FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The LaGrange county dispatcher who answered the cry for help from a woman abducted by an escaped Ionia Correctional Facility inmate says she will never forget that phone call.

Cheryl Vanwormer dialed 911 on a cell phone that she’d managed to kept hidden from inmate Michael Elliot since he carjacked her Sunday evening in Ionia and forced her to drive to Indiana. When the pair stopped for gas in Elkhart County, Vanwormer called dispatchers once Elliot went inside the station to pay.

“All she could tell me is that she was at a gas station, just off the toll road,” said dispatcher Heather Lock. “She had no clue what county she was in, what town she was in…Instincts kicked in. What do I need to do to get her to safety?”

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