Kidnapping Search Over: Couple in Custody
ELDORADO -- After a 12-hour search, police located and arrested the kidnapping suspect, Sonny Pilgrim. The alleged victim, Courtney Godwin, was found safe and unharmed.
Police say 23-year-old Sonny Pilgrim abducted his girlfriend, 19-year-old Courtney Godwin. They were arrested 12 hours later at a truck stop in Southeast Missouri.
On Wednesday afternoon, Pilgrim was arrested in Saline County. Police checked him into Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado. But, he escaped the hospital and ended up at his girlfriend's step- grandparents house.
Carlton Van Ness was sitting on the couch Wednesday night when he says Sonny Pilgrim came inside his Eldorado home and held him at knifepoint.
"We thought they were trying to get back to, maybe, where he originally lived, which is Thomasville, Georgia," said Shannon Deuel, Eldorado Police Chief.
The couple is being held at the Pemiscot County Jail. Pilgrim is being held on a $550,000 bond. No word yet on when the two will appear in court.
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