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February 20, 2014

Orangefield kidnapping deemed drug related


The Port Arthur News

ORANGEFIELD — Investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office believe that the kidnapping of a Vidor woman earlier this week is drug related.

The victim, who is in her 20’s and a Vidor resident, found by a passing motorist in the 7100 block of Bessie Heights in Orangefield around 4:30 a.m. Feb. 17.

The woman’s hands were tied behind her back, her feet were tied together, her mouth was duct taped, and she was blind folded. The victim was conscious and alert with only minor abrasion type injuries when found.

She told investigators that on Sunday evening, Feb. 16, she had gone along with several friends to a house in the Orangefield area where there were several people she did not know. A disagreement started between her and several of those people, and they tied her up and put duct tape over her mouth.  After a while, they put her in a vehicle blind folded and drove her to Bessie Heights Road, where they left her on the side of the roadway.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office have been interviewing individuals who were at a home in the 3300 block of Woodcock Street in Orangefield where the incident reportedly occurred.

“As stated previously, while this case may seem ‘bizarre’ and unusual to the general public, investigators stand firm that this is a drug related incident and strictly confined to the circumstances that took place at that residence, which eventually led to the victim being dropped off on Bessie Heights Road,” according to a press release from OSCO.  

During the investigation, some of the facts surrounding the case, including the victim’s identity, are being withheld at this time to preserve the integrity of the case.