Complaint: Kidnapper told victim she broke his heart
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) - Court records show the man who abducted a former co-worker outside a Walmart in Mukwonago (muk-WAH'-nah-goh) before she escaped told her she had broken his heart and that the kidnapping was the only way they could be together.
Twenty-four-year-old Mitchell Owens, of Burlington, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot in a wooded area near Eau Claire Tuesday. The 21-year-old woman he had abducted escaped the day before when they stopped at a Kwik Trip in Eau Claire.
A criminal complaint filed against Owens in Eau Claire County Tuesday says the victim told investigators she recognized Owens as a former co-worker when he walked up to her Monday about 3 a.m. outside the Walmart and ordered her into his car at gunpoint.
The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports more than 200 officers were part of the search for Owens.