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Police: Woman safe after kidnapping report

August 21, 2019
State Police prepare Tuesday August 20, 2019 to make contact with a couple on the Dead River Road in Litchfield who they have been searching for since early Tuesday morning. A women said she was being detained by the man and State Police located his vehicle outside off the Dead River Road. (Andy Molloy/The Journal via AP)
State Police prepare Tuesday August 20, 2019 to make contact with a couple on the Dead River Road in Litchfield who they have been searching for since early Tuesday morning. A women said she was being detained by the man and State Police located his vehicle outside off the Dead River Road. (Andy Molloy/The Journal via AP)

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say they followed pings from a cellphone in a kidnapping case to find a woman who texted 911, and they later arrested a suspect.

Police officers tracked the pings to a Litchfield home on Tuesday afternoon. The woman who texted the plea for help was located, and police began searching for a man.

Police say 36-year-old Joshua Tilley was arrested Wednesday morning after being spotted along a road.

A state police spokesman says Tilley has been charged with kidnapping and domestic violence assault. He is being held at the Kennebec County Jail; it wasn’t immediately known if had a lawyer.

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