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UPDATE: Columbus man charged with kidnapping estranged girlfriend

Christopher Tedford is now being held in the Lowndes County jail.

Posted: Dec 5, 2017 5:17 PM
Updated: Dec 6, 2017 12:48 PM

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to reflect the latest information provided. 

LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A man is now in the Lowndes County jail accused of kidnapping his estranged girlfriend.

Christopher Tedford, 19, of Columbus, was arrested Tuesday night. Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley says Tedford was found hiding in the trunk of a car. 

He is accused of abducting Carrie Pannell at a home on Tony Cove on Tuesday, December 5. She was later found safe and unharmed.

Miley says Pannell and unnamed male witness went to the home on Tuesday to pick up Tedford. When they arrived, the witness went inside the house. While inside, the witness says he heard screaming outside.

Miley says the witness looked out and saw Tedford jumping into the vehicle and Pannell screaming. The vehicle quickly left the area at a high-rate of speed.

Around 5:30 p.m., officers were able to locate Pannell but Tedford fled.

As a result of his arrest, Tedford faces charges of kidnapping, burglary, resisting arrest and other misdemeanor charges. His bond has not been set.

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