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Update: Myrtle Beach police no longer investigating possible kidnapping

Myrtle Beach police are seeking to identify this vehicle involved in a possible kidnapping. Anyone with information related to the incident can call the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-918-1382.
Myrtle Beach police are seeking to identify this vehicle involved in a possible kidnapping. Anyone with information related to the incident can call the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 843-918-1382. Photo courtesy of the Myrtle Beach Police Department

Myrtle Beach police said no one was abducted or kidnapped Thursday night after witnesses said a woman was screaming from a car window and trying to jump from the speeding vehicle.

According to a police report, a woman was screaming from a car window that she was being kidnapped and trying to jump from the car as it sped away from the area of Fourth Avenue North and Chester Street in Myrtle Beach on Thursday night. After an extensive investigation police determined “no one was kidnapped or abducted,” according to Lt. Joey Crosby.

Myrtle Beach officers were called about 7:47 p.m. to investigate the possible abduction. Police weren’t able to immediately find the suspect’s car and began interviewing witnesses at the scene, according to an incident report.

A witness told police she saw a woman yelling from a late-model, light blue Buick and trying to jump out of it while it was moving at a high speed as the driver ignored stop signs on Fourth Avenue North.

After speaking with the witness, police started combing the area, speaking to nearby residents. Officers went to the Wayfarer Hotel and talked to another witness who said she heard a high-pitched scream about the time of a 911 call.

Cameras at Fourth Avenue North and Flagg Street caught the vehicle traveling at a high speed, with a woman inside trying to get out as the driver ignored a stop sign, police said.

While authorities canvassed the area, another witness told police he saw individuals arguing in front of the now shuttered Emerald Shores Hotel. At that time the suspect’s car was parked on the sidewalk area, and during the argument the driver reversed and sped away quickly headed southbound on North Ocean Boulevard before turning onto Fourth Avenue North, police said.

Officers located the vehicle and questioned all parties involved, Crosby said.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

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