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Missing Frisco Teen Found Safe In Oklahoma

By Matt Goodman & Andrea Lucia, CBSDFW.COM
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Bethany Stroud, 18, was last seen leaving Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco on Feb. 18, 2012. (Credit: Frisco PD)

Updated: 2/19, 10:25 p.m.

FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – Bethany Stroud, the 18-year-old Frisco woman who went missing after making a muffled 911 call Friday night, was found Saturday night more than 200 miles away in Muskogee, Okla.

Stroud called 911 just before 10 p.m. Saturday from a Braum’s location in Muskogee, about 140 miles from Oklahoma City.

She said she was kidnapped and managed to escape from her captor. Investigators are interviewing Stroud and a Frisco police spokesman said the teen is safe. An afternoon media release said Stroud was back in Frisco with her family.

“We went and picked her up,” said her father Alan Stroud. “She was in Muskogee, brought her back today. She’s here, she’s safe and we’re pleased that it’s over.”

Stroud went missing Friday after leaving Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco where she worked. She made a 12 second 911 call, but a dispatcher reported no conversation on the line.

Muskogee Police Department spokesman Pedro Zardeneta said Stroud told authorities she was kidnapped at gunpoint outside her car. “She was left somewhere overnight,” Zardeneta said, and escaped her kidnapper in Muskogee.

Stroud drove to the Braum’s, borrowed someone’s cell phone and called 911, the corporal said.

“When the officers made contact with her, we were able to confirm that she was indeed the victim of a kidnapping that was reported in Frisco,” Zardeneta said.

Stroud’s Pontiac Sunfire was taken by police for forensics, but was back in the Stroud’s garage Sunday afternoon. Frisco Police continue to investigate and did not release any further information.

Neither agency had a description of a possible suspect, and the Frisco Police Department is saying virtually nothing about their investigation. Alan Stroud said he “assumes” police are searching for a suspect.

“Are they? I assume so. I don’t know. I haven’t followed up with detectives,” he said. “I’ll refer you to Frisco Police for that. I hope they are.”

Alan Stroud said he was grateful for the media coverage and the outpouring of support from residents across the country.

“People all over the country saw it and calls were coming in,” he said. “She was spotted; it was all helpful.”

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