Man, woman accused of kidnapping, holding child for ransom in Malden, Mo.

Kidnapping investigation underway in Dunklin County, Mo.

DUNKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - A Fisk, Missouri man and woman are facing kidnapping charges in Dunklin County.

According to court documents, Richard Simmers and Stephanie Woodham are accused of kidnapping a child under the age of 14 from a Malden, Mo. in order to hold the child for ransom. The incident allegedly took place on or about July 10.

Malden Police reported said the victim was safe on Thursday, July 16.

Both Simmers and Wooham are charged with one count felony kidnapping in the first degree.

At this time, Simmers is behind bars on unrelated charges at the Wayne County Jail.

Simmers is awaiting extradition back to Dunklin County.

Malden Police said they are searching for Woodham and are asking the public to contact police if they know her whereabouts.

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