An Alberta woman was reportedly held against her will after flying to meet a man in the States. The unidentified 18 to 25 year old woman had been speaking with the suspect on social media, and flew to Atlanta, Georgia on May 18th. Fred Russell Urey had told her he was a photographer, and would pay her $15,000 and cover her flight.
After scouting locations in the Pickens, South Carolina area, she was allegedly restrained, sexually assaulted and held captive in a trailer for five days. The victim was allowed to use her phone under supervision, and sent coded messages to her family.
They notified RCMP with clues she had given them, which were then forwarded to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department. Urey’s identity and location was tracked down, and as police arrived at the trailer, the woman jumped through a glass window to escape. Inside the home, the suspect reportedly had a knife to his own throat.
The woman been treated in hospital and since released. Urey is charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct.