Paducah Man Accused of Kidnapping and Abusing 12-Year Old Relative
May 24, 2003 at 2:30 AM CDT - Updated June 20 at 4:40 PM
Paducah Man Accused of Kidnapping and Abusing 12-Year Old Relative By: Kate Scott
(Ledbetter, KY)--A bizarre Heartland kidnapping case has landed a Paducah man in jail and could end up sending him to prison.
According to Kentucky State Police, the case started on Wednesday afternoon, when the man tracked down a 12-year old female relative in the Livingston County town of Ledbetter.Police say the little girl was riding her bike when 35-year old Kip Myers approached her, telling her he was a relative.But Myers was far from familiar to the girl.“Apparently it had been about ten years since he’d seen her,” says KSP Trooper Barry Meadows.“But he was able to convince her who he was and that he was a relative, and that the family said it was okay for her to go.And he abducted her.”
Once the girl got in Myers' truck, Trooper Meadows says he took her to a rural area of Marshall County, where he sexually abused her. Then he took her to Oak Grove, Kentucky, in Christian County, where he decided to let her go, twelve hours after her ordeal began.“He sent her into a truck stop with a note, stating that she was a missing child from McCracken County,” says Meadows.“She was actually entered in the computer as a missing child from Livingston County, but once the police arrived, they did enter her name and date of birth and got a hit here at Post One that she was missing.”
With the abducted girl back in safe hands, Kentucky State Police put out an alert for Myers, who remained on the run.Several hours later, he ended up 475 miles away in “another” town called Oak Grove, this time in Missouri! That's where he pulled in at another truck stop and called someone back home. Luckily, that person then told police where to find him.“They set up search surveillance in Oak Grove and were able to take him into custody after a short foot chase,” says Meadows.“He's being charged with first degree sexual abuse and first degree unlawful transaction with a minor, which are both felonies.”
Myers is now in a Missouri jail, but has waived extradition back to Kentucky, where he could face more charges, including kidnapping.
The little girl is now back with her family, and is reported to be uninjured.