Fayette County woman kidnapped and dumped at surface mine - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

UPDATE: Search continues for suspected kidnapper Larry Nelson

Posted: Updated:
Larry Nelson Larry Nelson
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: All Northbound lanes open on I-77 at East River Mountain Tunnel

    UPDATE: All Northbound lanes open on I-77 at East River Mountain Tunnel

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:42:00 GMT
    All northbound lanes are back open after a tractor trailer that caught fire inside the East River Mountain Tunnel on Friday. It happened in the northbound lanes of the tunnel that divides Mercer and Bland around 2:00 Friday afternoon.
    All northbound lanes are back open after a tractor trailer that caught fire inside the East River Mountain Tunnel on Friday. It happened in the northbound lanes of the tunnel that divides Mercer and Bland around 2:00 Friday afternoon.
  • Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:38 GMT
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
  • Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-06 15:00:12 GMT
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
SPRINGDALE -

A case of domestic battery turned into a kidnapping investigation after a woman from Springdale was bound, gagged and dumped, allegedly by her boyfriend.

Betty Burns, 36, of Springdale told Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies that she had been in an argument with her boyfriend, Larry Nelson, on Christmas.  She told investigators that Nelson hit her on the head when she tried to leave their home.  Nelson then allegedly tied her up and gagged her with a sock and a handkerchief.

According to Burns, Nelson drove her to a surface mine near Springdale Church Road and pushed her out of the vehicle.  Ms. Burns was able to free her legs and then said she walked through the woods for 90 minutes to a house where she was able to call for help.  That was at around 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

"This is a very serious crime," said Sheriff Steve Kessler.  "While incidents of domestic violence are, unfortunately, far too common, when you tie someone up and abandon them in a remote wooded area, particularly given the cold weather conditions that were prevalent yesterday - it creates a life-threatening situation."

Deputies were able to find the ropes and other items that Burns was tied up and gagged with at the scene.  A warrant for Nelson's arrest was issued on Wednesday night.  He is wanted for Domestic Battery and Felony Kidnapping.

"Had Ms. Burns been unable to free her feet and walk through the wood in an effort to seek assistance, it is quite possible that she could have died from exposure and hypothermia, "added Sheriff Kessler. "Had that occurred we would be seeking Nelson on a murder charge instead of the crimes of which he currently stands accused."

Ms. Burns was treated by emergency responders, but her current condition is not known. The crime is still under investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fayette County 911 Center at 304-574-3590 or CrimeStoppers at 304-255-7867.