Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Former South student may be kidnap victim

A former South Middle School student may be the victim of a kidnapping, according to a news release issued by the Joplin Police Department:

Joplin police are concerned about the well-being of a 15-year-old female.

The Joplin Police Department received a call from a concerned father today advising them that he had received a text from his daughter stating that she had been kidnapped and was being held in the trunk of a car headed to Springfield.

After following leads with the cell provider and talking to witnesses it is believed that Shelby L. Shumaker, age 15, may be in the company of her boyfriend. She is described as a white female being 5’ 06” tall and 122 lbs. Shumaker has light brown hair, green eyes and fair complexion. She has a pierced nose and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a gray hoody.

Shumaker may be with her boyfriend, Christopher A King, age 19. He is described as a white male, 6’ 01” tall and 175 lbs.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident should call the Joplin Police Department at (417) 623-3131.

(BULLETIN: Shelby Shumaker was found and she was safe. There was no kidnapping.)

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