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North Carolina Teen Rescued From Kidnappers in Tijuana

May 27, 2000|From Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — A North Carolina teenager has been rescued from kidnappers who held her captive in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, FBI officials said.

The 17-year-old victim, whose name was not released, disappeared from Statesville, N.C., on May 13. She turned up in Tijuana, where she managed to telephone her parents and tell them she was being held against her will, the FBI said in a statement.

The victim was found in a Tijuana home with two men, also from Statesville. The three then were taken to the San Ysidro border crossing, where the girl was reunited with her parents Thursday.

Kevin Charles Jackson, 23, and Max Benfield, 18, were arrested on outstanding North Carolina warrants for cocaine possession.

Both men were booked into the San Diego County Jail.

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