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Police investigate claim woman was abducted

August 27, 2014
From Mirror staff reports , The Altoona Mirror

EBENSBURG -- Police are investigating an alleged early Wednesday morning kidnapping in Cambria County.

Cambria Township Police Chief Mark Westrick said a call came in around 3:20 a.m., with a second call around 3:24 a.m., from an intoxicated-sounding woman who claimed she had been kidnapped and that police should look for a white Chevrolet Impala.

Westrick said the phone she used was inactive and "the only thing that phone can do is dial 911."

The call sent a ping to a cell phone tower and showed the woman to be near the Ebensburg/Loretto exit along Route 22. The woman said she was heading east toward Altoona.

But the phone has been inactive since the second 911 call, Westrick said.

Westrick said police are taking the woman's claim seriously, but noted that she changed topic during the call, also making claims that her boyfriend took a money order from her and would not return it.

"She didn't sound distressed," Westrick said.

If the phone remains inactive, there is no way for police to trace where the woman is going, he said. It's also unclear where the woman came from.

Westrick said the the last person the inactive phone was registered to was a man in Pittsburgh, but when Pittsburgh police officers checked the address, they found the man no longer lived there -- and hadn't for several months.

Westrick said Altoona Police Department has been alerted to look for the car and the woman.

"We're covering all of our bases here, we're checking as deep as we can," he said.

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