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Woman abducted by man she knows in Franklin County found safe, authorities say

Reported abduction happened shortly before 5 p.m.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is alerting people to a possible abduction on Monday afternoon.

BOONES MILL, Va.UPDATE

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said the woman who was possibly abducted on Monday afternoon has been found safe.

Authorities said both the man and woman were found in a neighboring jurisdiction.

No charges have been filed at this time and the investigation remains ongoing.


ORIGINAL STORY

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is alerting people to a possible abduction on Monday afternoon.

At 4:45 p.m., authorities were altered to the incident that happened at the Subway in Boones Mill on Virgil H Goode Highway.

Kevin James Cole, 30, of Ruther Glen, abducted 33-year-old Cassandra Joy Smith, of Bedford, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Cole, who is believed to have a firearm, was driving a dark-colored Dodge Dart with Virginia tag ULS-1473 north on U.S. 220.

The two do know each other and are possibly in a relationship, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The two are known to frequent the Roanoke area, in addition to Franklin and Bedford counties.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either Cole or Smith is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-3000.


About the Author:

Jeff Williamson arrived at WSLS 10 in March 2016.