A 14 year old Child Held in B U N K E R
Cops Arrest Suspect in Case of Teen Who Text-Messaged Mom After Kidnapping via Fox News.
LUGOFF, S.C. — Authorities early Sunday arrested a man they suspect kidnapped a 14-year-old girl who was able to send a cell phone text message to her mother, leading to her rescue from a booby-trapped bunker where she had been held for as long as 10 days.
Investigators arrested 37-year-old Vinson Filyaw on Interstate 20 in Richland County about 24 hours after rescuing Elizabeth Shoaf, said Sheriff Steve McCaskill in neighboring Kershaw County.
Filyaw will be charged with kidnapping, possession of an incendiary device and impersonating an officer, he said.
He said more charges likely will follow after investigators interview Shoaf. Police are letting her rest but probably will talk to her Monday about the Sept. 6 abduction and ordeal that followed.
"The big relief was when we found Elizabeth Shoaf alive and well," McCaskill said. "But it is a great relief when you get criminal of this type out of society and behind bars."
Shoaf was found by deputies about a mile from her home in a 15-foot deep hole in the side of a hill that was covered with plywood. The bunker had a hand-dug privy with toilet paper, a camp stove and shelves made with cut branches and canvas. [read more]
This is the second case this year in South Carolina involving an abducted teenage girl taken to an underground hideout.
Kenneth Hinson of Hartsville is charged with kidnapping two 17-year-old girls March 14 and taking them to a closet-sized dungeon behind his home. Authorities said the girls freed themselves and walked to safety, and Hinson was captured after a four-day manhunt.
I reported on Hinson (pictured dungeon) back in March also living in South Carolina....I am so glad that S.C. has passed a new law to put these monsters on death row.