Belding woman abducted by fugitive was census worker

10:38 PM, Feb 3, 2014   |    comments
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IONIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman abducted and held hostage by Elliot for hours in her car, is now home resting safely.

The Belding woman's husband says she's doing well, but clearly coping with a traumatic day after being at the hands of a convicted killer. The woman, who WZZM 13 has decided not to identify, was held hostage for hours after Elliot carjacked her Sunday night.

Elliot threated her with a box cutter and forced her to drive from Ionia to Middlebury, Indiana, east of Elkhart.

She called 911 while Elliot went into a gas station, convincing the convict she had to go to the bathroom. Once inside, she locked herself in the restroom.

Her husband spoke to reporters, describing his wife as tough.

"He let her know all the possibilities and threatened her, but she did alright," the husband said. "She works for the Census Bureau and we've talked about the type of situations that could come from this job. With the ordeal she's been through, it's been pretty rough on her."

As for the Belding woman's recovery, her husband says right now she's taking it one day at a time.

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