Body Found in Tyler Abduction - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/21/05

Body Found in Tyler Abduction

The body of a 19-year-old woman who was abducted from a Wal-Mart parking lot in Tyler has been found in West Texas. The alleged abductor was arrested in Arizona Friday morning.

Surveillance tape of the parking lot at an East Texas Wal-Mart store captured a man shoving 19-year-old Megan Holden into her truck Wednesday night, then driving away. 400 miles from where she was abducted, police found Holden shot to death along the side of a road in Stanton, Texas.

The 19-year-old college student was reported missing Thursday when she didn't return home from her shift the night before. "At this point in time there's no doubt this was a total stranger abduction," says Gary Swindle, of the Tyler Police Dept.

The teenager's truck turned up at a hospital in Wilcox, Arizona driven by 24-year-old Johnny Lee Williams, who stopped for treatment for a gunshot wound to his shoulder. Police believe he had been shot during a robbery attempt near Wilcox.

When authorities determined the truck Williams was driving belonged to Holden, they arrested him. A gun was recovered from the vehicle. "We'll be working very closely with Arizona authorities to get him back to Tyler," says Swindle.

The Wal-Mart surveillance tape showed Williams loitering around the store an hour and a half before the kidnapping. Police said he made several other potential abduction attempts before choosing Holden.

Police in Tyler say they think Williams main motive in the crime was simply to get Holden's vehicle.

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