Police investigate kidnapping and rape in western Missouri town

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) – Authorities continued their investigation into a suspected kidnapping and sexual assault this weekend in a small Missouri town northeast of Kansas City that was discovered when a malnourished woman ran and screamed for help.

Clay County authorities have charged a man with rape, kidnapping and assault after a woman ran away from his Excelsior Springs home Friday morning. She was hospitalized in stable condition on Friday and was later reunited with her family.

“When we made contact with her, it was clear that she was being held against her will for an extended period of time,” said Excelsior Springs Police Lt. Ryan Dowdy.

The woman told police there may have been two other victims, but authorities have not said if any more victims have been found. Investigators continued to search the home from which the woman fled, and Excelsior Springs Police Chief Greg Dull asked the public Saturday for patience as officers sift through evidence.

Dull said additional charges could be filed depending on the evidence investigators uncover.

Excelsior Springs is about 30 miles northeast of Kansas City.

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