Man accused of violent kidnapping on I-24 now under investigation for child pornography

Posted at 5:15 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 07:09:46-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The man accused of violently kidnapping a woman on I-24 near the Kentucky-Tennessee line in June is now under investigation for child pornography.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 62-year-old Roy Nellsch picked up a woman along I-24 in June who had run out of gas. The woman told TBI agents she was handcuffed and told she was going to be raped. She was able to fight back and escape.

911 was called, and Nellsch was stopped and eventually arrested in Springfield, Tennessee.

According to a new search warrant issued on Thursday, more than just evidence of kidnapping was found in Nellsch's semi truck. Agents also looked through Nellsch's cell phone, which included "photographs of children engaged in sexual activities." Others were of adult women, some named or labeled with terms such as "rape."

Agents also found numerous pairs of women's panties in a bag with suspected blood on it, numerous women's bras of various sizes that "appeared used," a pair of handcuffs, a stun gun, three lengths of boat rope, (one of which "appeared to have suspected blood stains") numerous pairs of nylons that were knotted, two clubs, two guns, two "large bayonet-type knives," several other items of women's clothing (some of which appeared to "have suspected blood on them") ...and more.

Nellsch told warrants that during approximately 40 years of driving a semi, he picked up women who were stranded or hitch hiking about three to four times a year.

Thursday's warrant covers two computers and six external hard drives seized as part of the investigation into Roy Nellsch.