UPDATE: Kidnapping suspect in custody

Local - 1/20/2014 5:36 PM by Stuart Hammer

Update:

ST. MARYS – A suspect is in custody in what State Police are calling a kidnapping of a 13-year-old Fayette County girl.

West Virginia State Police have arrested Joshua Taylor, 30, of Weirton, in connection with the kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl from Fayette Co.

Taylor is a teacher at Collins Middle School where the girl is a student.

Trooper C.L. Mollohan tells Newswatch the arrest was made in Pleasants Co. near Saint Marys just before 5 o'clock this evening.

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OAK HILL – New details in what State Police are now calling a kidnapping of a 13-year-old Fayette County girl.

Officials say Joshua Taylor, 30, of Weirton is wanted for kidnapping a 13-year-old.

Taylor is a teacher at Collins Middle School where the girl is a student.

According to a statement to authorities, the girl says she willingly met with Taylor behind her house on Summerlee Rd. Saturday night, but did not intend to get in the car with him.

Police say Taylor took the girl to his friend’s house in Beckley where she says she was too scared to try to escape.

Authorities are still investigating what happened at that house.

Trooper C.L. Mollohan of the West Virginia State Police is assigned to the case, and he says the girl was missing for about 22 hours until Taylor dropped her off in Oak Hill Sunday morning.

“(It was) not quite a full day, but she was actually brought back over here to a friend's house at 10:30 in the morning, but she didn't contact anyone – she said she was scared – until 4 o'clock in the afternoon.”

According to police, Taylor is evading capture and they believe is has fled north and may be in the Parkersburg or Weirton area.

If you have any information on Taylor’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact the State Police or your local authorities.


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