LUGOFF, S.C. — A text message sent by a missing 14-year-old to her mother led to her rescue Saturday, when police found her in a hand-dug, booby-trapped bunker.
Elizabeth Shoaf's message also led investigators to name a suspect in her abduction more than a week ago. Police were searching for 37-year-old Vinson Filyaw, said Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill.
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.
McCaskill said the girl appeared to be unharmed but was taken to Kershaw County Medical Center for evaluation. Police have not interviewed her; they say they will leave her alone until she's ready to talk.