MT. JULIET, TN (WSMV) – Police have located a woman, who was involved in a possible kidnapping with ties to Mt. Juliet.
Police said 53-year-old Samantha Dean was found in Nashville on Friday afternoon and is safe.
According to police, the incident started when a “distraught” woman, who is believed to be Dean, called 911. The woman told police that she was “being held against her will” as she traveled on the westbound side of Interstate 40 and was heading through Mt. Juliet.
During the call, police said the woman, who said she was heading to Nashville, “was in distress and struggling with someone.”
“She further stated she was being held against her will by an ex-boyfriend, and her life was being threatened,” police said in a release on Friday.
Police said they learned that Dean and another woman willingly went with the man "until events escalated to unlawful activity."
Detectives are seeking criminal charges against the adult male suspect in this incident. After family members saw the information, seeking whereabouts of the victim, they worked to connect our detectives so we could ensure all were safe.— Mt. Juliet Police (@MtJulietPolice) July 23, 2021
However, police said they lost the call and eventually found a cell phone on the side of I-40 on Friday. Police said that as the woman was screaming, someone threw her phone out the car window.
Capt. Chandler is providing a live update on the active investigation where a distraught female called 911 stating she was being held against her will, and her phone was found on the roadside- https://t.co/wfC7XgFooe— Mt. Juliet Police (@MtJulietPolice) July 23, 2021
While Dean has been located on Hermitage Avenue, police are still investigating the incident.