October 23, 2014

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Missing Toledo attorney found alive in Atlanta

ATLANTA – A pregnant Ohio attorney who had been missing since Wednesday was found alive Saturday behind a suburban Atlanta amusement park, and police said she reported having been abducted. Hours later, her car was found within walking distance of the park.

There were no immediate arrests.

Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, who is six months pregnant, told Cobb County, Ga., police that two men and a woman abducted her.

She was last seen outside a juvenile court building in Toledo about 9 a.m. Wednesday, police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

The suspects reportedly dumped Hancock out of a vehicle in Georgia on Saturday morning, and she wandered to a back gate to the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park, Pierce said. The woman flagged down a motorist, who called police at about 6:45 a.m. The park is located in Austell, 15 miles northwest of Atlanta.

She appeared to be in good health. The motorist she flagged down described her as disoriented, according to Toledo police spokeswoman Capt. Diana Ruiz-Krause.

Details on where she was between Wednesday and Saturday, descriptions of her alleged abductors and the vehicle they were driving were unclear. Cobb County police said in a statement that Hancock`s car was found on Interstate 20 at
2 p.m. about a mile or so from the amusement park. It was being held for police processing.

Ruiz-Krause said Hancock called her husband Thursday afternoon to say she had been kidnapped. Police were unable to trace the call, which was brief.

By midday Saturday, the FBI had been called in to assist, Pierce said. An FBI spokesman in Atlanta, Stephen Emmett, declined to comment, referring questions to his counterpart in Ohio. The FBI office there declined to make a spokesperson available for comment.

Hancock had been having trouble with a client and had received suspicious phone calls, her husband told police in Ohio.

Hancock`s father, C. Allen McConnell, a Municipal Court judge in Ohio, had pleaded for his daughter`s safe return.

Her husband told police she didn`t pick up their son Wednesday. He tried to call her cell phone, but it was turned off, police said.

Georgia authorities were interviewing Hancock on Saturday. Toledo police were making arrangements to travel to Georgia and escort her back to Ohio.

News that Hancock had been found unharmed was met with relief by friends and family.

Hancock`s mother, Tempie McConnell, said her daughter sounded “very shaken, very nervous” when the two talked briefly on Saturday.

“My little grandson was just very excited that his mom`s coming home,” Tempie McConnell said.

Hancock also served as a Toledo city councilwoman.