According to police, a woman from Tennessee managed to escape after allegedly being held captive in the closet of an empty house for two months by her abusive boyfriend in a miraculous feat.
The victim, a 40-year-old, was discovered by police hiding beneath a home under construction in Dyersburg, located northeast of Memphis, on Saturday. She broke free and informed a passerby that she had been kidnapped.
The woman, who weighed less than 100 pounds and had facial cuts, told police that her 30-year-old boyfriend, Brenton Bell, had forced her into the closet several weeks earlier. Bell allegedly kept the door locked with a locking device and cable.
The victim claimed that she was allowed out of the closet for only an hour each day and was given limited food. According to her, there was no bathroom available for her to use.
When police discovered the empty house described by the victim, they discovered human waste throughout the property.
The victim told police that she had been in a relationship with Bell but that he allegedly became physically abusive at some point.
Police are seeking Bell, who is wanted for aggravated kidnapping. He is described as a 5-foot-5, 150-pound black male.
The victim was taken to the West Tennessee Healthcare Dyersburg hospital for treatment after being found.