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Woman fears kidnapper, still at large

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A woman kidnapped from a hotel parking lot earlier this week said Thursday she is concerned about her abductor being on the loose.

"I hope that they catch this person so that he doesn't do this to another girl. She might not be so lucky as I," said Autumn Miller, 24.

"I was scared to death. I was trying to figure out how I was going to get home to my son. When something like that happens, all you can think is, 'I want to get home alive and in one piece,' " she said.

Miller told police a black male grabbed her in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn on Sixth Avenue Northeast, pressed something sharp to her side and forced her to drive him, in her car, to Russell-ville by a series of back roads.

After she dropped him off at an apartment building in Russellville, she realized he had taken her money from her purse.

Miller expressed concern that a newspaper story about her kidnapping could reveal her whereabouts. During a conversation with her kidnapper, she said, she lied about her hometown and did not reveal her full name.

Miller originally told police the man abducted her from the parking lot of a gas station near the hotel, investigators said.

The inconsistency raised eyebrows. Miller said she now feels she is being treated like a suspect rather than a victim.

"I was going to the motel to see an old friend of mine. I lied (to police) because I was trying to save my relationship ... a six-year relationship. But I realized that it was important for me to just tell the truth, so that they could get the evidence and the tapes and get this over with," she said.

The tape to which Miller referred is a security video of the kidnapping she said she believes could have been taken by a surveillance system at the Holiday Inn.

Decatur police said Thursday they could not comment about evidence in the case, neither confirming nor denying that such a video exists. Attempts to reach Holiday Inn representatives about the hotel's surveillance system were unsuccessful.

Anyone with information about Miller's abduction can call the Decatur police tip line at 341-INFO (4636).

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