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Suspect in Kentucky kidnapping dies in hospital

By: Whitney Wetzel; Jordan Vilines Email
By: Whitney Wetzel; Jordan Vilines Email

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Police are investigating the motive for a kidnapping that started in Mt. Sterling and ended more than an hour away.

Police say the victim in this case gave her neighbor, 18-year-old Jesse Yaeger, rides to work from time to time. Sunday evening was no different, until she stopped to get gas.

That's when police say Yaeger pulled out a gun and told the victim to drive to eastern Kentucky.

What actually happened in the car is still under investigation, but the victim told police Yaeger threatened to rape and kill her.

Once the two got to Greenup County, police say the victim pretended to miss a turn. That's when she slowed down, got out of the car and started running.

The victim heard two gunshots as she ran away, one of which was a self inflicted gunshot to Yaeger's head.

The victim ran to a neighbor's home and was able to call police for help.

Police say the victim was smart about how she got away.

"She kept her wits about her," says Chief David Charles, Mt. Sterling Police Department. "She was able to form a plan on how to escape and evade him. In doing so, I believe she probably preserved her own life and well-being as well."

Police say Yaeger died at the hospital on Monday.


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