Wichita: Missing Store Clerk Found Alive, Safe

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Wichita-area woman found unharmed four days after she disappeared says her 300-pound abductor left her at her pastor's house after an apparent change of heart.

Sedgwick County sheriff's investigators said Joyce Patterson of Viola called 911 late Thursday, shortly after her abductor dropped her off and drove away. She disappeared Monday from the Viola convenience store where she worked.

Undersheriff Bob Hinshaw said the abductor apparently had a change of heart after seeing news reports showing Patterson's husband and pastor pleading for her safe return.

The suspect is being sought.

Patterson said he robbed the store at gunpoint, blindfolded her and forced her to ride on the floor of the car. Hinshaw says Patterson was then taken to an unknown home and was kept there, and tied up at times.

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