Police are calling on the public to help them find those responsible for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Kansas City sheriff's deputy.
The deputy, whose name has not been released, was taken at 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 as she was making her way to work at Central Booking from a nearby parking lot. The Kansas City Star reports that she is in her 20s and has only been with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for six months.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office confirms that the deputy did not know her abductors and was not in uniform at the time of the kidnapping. She also confirmed that she was sexually assaulted.
The deputy's kidnappers drove her approximately 30 miles and dropped her off on the side of an interstate highway. From there, she found her own way to the closest sheriff's office, The Kansas City Star reports.
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Sheriff Frank Denning said that he is doing all he can to apprehend the assailants.
"For me, as the sheriff, you feel responsible for your employees anyway, and for something like this to happen, that is very tragic to say the least. To have a young person, a young woman assaulted like that -- it makes me angry," he told the ABC affiliate news station KMBC.
Officials believe that before the kidnapping, the assailants followed the deputy from a QuikTrip convenience for approximately 1.5 miles. The Johnson County's Sheriff's Department has released surveillance footage from the store, showing a video of the car they believe was used in the abduction. The car appears to be a dark blue Mazda. There is currently no information identifying the abductors themselves, other than they are believed to be in their 20s, according to The Kansas City Star.
Police hope that members of the public will recognize the vehicle and call the sheriff's office to provide a license plate number. Although they have already received some calls claiming a vehicle sighting, there have been no real leads in identifying the abductors, who the police are calling "persons of interest."