Missing West Virginia Woman Found Safe In Tennessee

WAVERLY, Tenn. - A missing West Virginia woman was found safe in Humphreys County, and the man holding her against her will was taken into custody.

Reports stated deputies with the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office were informed about the woman who was reported missing from West Virginia and learned she may be in the the area of the Buffalo exit on Interstate 40.

Two deputies found the suspect’s vehicle at a motel in that area Friday night.

A further investigation with the West Virginia State Police showed the woman had been taken by the man at gunpoint. They identified the suspect as Michael McLaughlin, of West Virginia. He had reportedly held the victim against her will for three days.

Deputies in Humphreys County spotted McLaughlin leaving a room at the motel. They then conducted a high-risk takedown of the suspect, who was armed at the time. The two deputies were able to take McLaughlin down at gunpoint.

He was being held in the Humphreys County Jail as he awaited extradition back to West Virginia on numerous charges.

The victim was found safe inside the motel room. Family members were aiding her in safely returning home.

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