Missing Woman Returns Home, Claims She Was Held Captive For 2 Weeks

Upstate New York woman whose dissappearence had gained national attention showed up at her parents house Wednesday night saying she had been held against her will by a man. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

An upstate New York woman whose disappearance gained national attention has been found and says she was kidnapped and held captive for two weeks. Rachael Mattice, 24, of Johnstown NY, went missing June 22 after having dinner with her parents and returning to a family campground in the town of Wells, NY, where she was staying in a camper. Two days later a family member went to visit her and found her camper and car door open with her valuables still inside. The home health care worker however was nowhere to be found. Authorities and local residents then began a extensive search effort, including a vigil to pray for her return, and her family trying to enlist country singer Shania Twain, whom Rachael was a fan of, to help find her.  

Then Wednesday at 12:45pm Rachael’s mother heard a knock on her front door and found her daughter. Mattice says she was kidnapped and held against her will the entire time by a yet to be identified man. She was uninjured and taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation and later released. She has already sat down with local police to describe her terrifying experience. At this point police do not have a suspect but the investigation into this strange event has only just begun. 

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