Sunday, March 9, 2003

Woman says she wasn't abducted

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

CLEVES - After a 14-hour search involving local law enforcement, the FBI and a national missing children's agency, police found a woman they had been looking for - who said she had left willingly with the man investigators thought had abducted her.

Cleves Police Department officials say Michelle Carnes, 33, who had been reported missing by family members about 1 a.m. Saturday morning, called in to say she had been willingly with her live-in boyfriend Jason Williams, 24, and had stayed overnight at a motel in Indiana.

Investigators say the two left for Indiana with Carnes' 11-year-old son Christopher so they wouldn't be caught violating the temporary protective order the woman filed against Williams on Monday.

The request for a protective order came after Williams was charged May 2 with assault and domestic violence, a fifth-degree felony because it is his second offense, officials said. Williams was charged in 1997 with domestic violence and violating a temporary protective order in an incident that did not involve Carnes, officials said.

But a few days after the most recent temporary protective order was signed, Carnes helped raise money for Williams' bail and had a third person post it, Capt. Micheal Hendrick of the Cleves Police Department said.

Investigators were still looking for Williams Saturday night. He faces charges of violating the protective order. Hendrick said Carnes may also face charges of both violating the protective order she asked for and endangering her child.

"Her comment to me was, `I love him,' " Hendricks said. "She's OK and found and we're grateful because the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI said this incident had all the marking and telltale signs of what could have been a very bad incident."

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