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Abducted Wal-Mart Clerk's Body Found

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A woman who was abducted from a parking lot while leaving work at a Wal-Mart was found shot to death Friday, police said. A suspect was in custody in Arizona.

Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle confirmed the body of Megan Leann Holden, a 19-year-old college student from Henderson whose kidnapping was captured on videotape late Wednesday, was found.

"It is apparent that she has died of a gunshot wound," he said, declining to give details.

A surveillance videotape "shows Megan getting into her truck and the (man) running up behind her and either hitting her or pushing her," police spokesman Don Martin said earlier. "Then the vehicle drives off."

The body was found in Martin County in West Texas, Martin said.

Said Swindle: "At this point in time there's no doubt this was a total stranger abduction."

Authorities in Willcox, Ariz., were holding Johnny Lee Williams, 24, for investigation in the missing woman's case, said Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for the Cochise County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Department.

He was treated at a hospital Friday for a gunshot wound, apparently inflicted in a robbery attempt, Capas said. He was to be questioned by Texas police and the FBI, who were en route to Willcox.

Holden, a clerk at the Wal-Mart store, had clocked out at 11:43 p.m. Wednesday, Martin said.

He and Swindle both said Williams was considered a suspect.

Capas said Williams is believed to have been shot during an attempted robbery at an RV park northeast of Willcox. A man at the RV park told authorities he had shot a man who had pulled a gun on him and demanded money.

Williams was treated at Northern Cochise Community Hospital for a gunshot wound to the shoulder, Capas said.

When the wounded man was found at the hospital, authorities determined that the pickup truck he had been driving was linked to the Texas kidnapping case.

The FBI has joined the investigation, Tyler police said.

Wal-Mart surveillance tape shows a man, about 20 to 25 years old, in a long, dark coat, apparently the abductor, loitering around the front entrance to the store "for a good period of time," Martin said.

He was also seen on tape about 1 1/2 hours before the abduction, emerging from a bathroom and walking around inside the store.


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