Captive Who Wrote Note To Wendy’s Worker Saying She Was Kidnapped Found

Captive Who Wrote Note To Wendy’s Worker Saying She Was Kidnapped Found
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The woman who wrote a note to a fast food worker saying she had been kidnapped and was being kept against her will has been found, local authorities confirmed.


An Atlanta police spokesperson said that LaShonda Marie Cortez walked into Wendy’s at 1940 Piedmont Road, NE, which is near the Monroe Drive exit of I-85, on Monday afternoon. Upon arriving at the counter, she “asked for a sheet of paper, where she wrote on the piece of paper that I need help, I’m being held against my will,” according to Atlanta Police Department Lt. Charles Hampton.

The store clerk said that Cortez also spoke with a family in the restaurant.

She walked out of the restaurant voluntarily and departed in a pickup truck, traveling south on Piedmont Road NE.

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The police spokesperson said that the man who was in the pickup truck with her – having long hair and wearing a green shirt – had been located by the police on Tuesday. The man told the authorities that he had dropped Cortez in the Virginia-Highland area.

Officials confirmed that Cortez is currently in good health.

Earlier this month, Cheryl Treadway, who along with her children had been held hostage by her boyfriend, had asked for help through a Pizza Hut phone application. According to a local ABC News station, she had convinced her captor that she wanted to order a pizza, and had written under the comments section of her order that she and her children were being held against their will.

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