Created on Thursday, 25 October 2012 Written by MANDY LOEHR
A woman is headed back home safely to North Carolina today after a multi-state, multi-agency search Tuesday following her call to Logan County 911 from the U.S. Route 33 rest area reporting that her trucker boyfriend had assaulted her.
The search came to a close early Wednesday morning when the semi-tractor-trailer driven by her boyfriend, Edward L. Green of Charlotte, N.C., was stopped in South Bend, Ind.
Mr. Green was arrested by officers of the South Bend Police Department, charged with domestic violence and criminal confinement, troopers of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol report. He is currently incarcerated in South Bend.
The victim had been a passenger in the semi and officials report she was able to board a bus to travel back home.
Logan County dispatchers first received the call from the woman at 3:38 p.m. Tuesday. She reported she had locked herself in a restroom in the eastbound U.S. 33 rest area after being physically assaulted by her boyfriend.
Dispatchers were unable to get her name or additional information before the call abruptly ended.
Two troopers of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the eastbound rest area, along with a trooper of the Lima Post who also was in the area.
Troopers spoke with a rest area employee, who said both restrooms in the eastbound and westbound areas had been checked recently and no patrons were observed in either location.
In addition, a deputy of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office then spoke with a truck driver at the westbound rest area, who said a female had gotten out of a vehicle and walked into a wooded area. A search was conducted of the wooded area, but no individuals were found.
Troopers then made contact with a son of the victim, who reportedly was sending text messages to his mother while she was traveling in the semi after the stop in Logan County.
She was able to provide some locations to her son, saying that their vehicle was traveling in the Lima area and then in the Van Wert area.
Working with Verizon, units were able to receive updates about the location of the victim’s cellular phone every couple of minutes.
Officers with the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Delphos Police Department joined the search for the semi.
However, the vehicle was unable to be located before it crossed into Indiana.
“The truck was making all kinds of turns, so it was difficult for officers to keep tabs on the vehicle with updates only every couple minutes,” said Trooper Ty Skaggs of the Marysville Post.
The case then was turned over to Indiana State Police.
Trooper Skaggs said the case remains under investigation, as it still is not known where the incident started when the victim was being held against her will, whether that might have been in North Carolina or elsewhere.