What looked like just another routine traffic control made officer Mitch Ross a hero who saved the day and the life of a 15-year-old victim of kidnapping.
While this patrol officer was on the job, he made a driver pull over on I-80 west in Lucas County, Ohio, and that decision turned fateful. What he was planning on doing was giving the man behind the wheel a “failure to move” citation only, but then, something attracted his attention. In the back seat, there was a 15-year-old girl. When he asked about her, the man couldn’t answer, because neither he nor the girl could speak English. On top of that, they didn’t have any documents or identification.
This raised suspicion and officer Ross decided to get the help of a translator from OSHP just to make sure something wasn’t wrong.
Moments later, it was determined that the girl was from New Jersey and was reported missing. The driver, who was 35 years old, was planning on taking her to Chicago. Luckily, officer Ross prevented that from taking place. He alerted his department of the case and soon after, the girl was taken to safety. Speaking to the authorities, she admitted she was forced “to perform acts” on her kidnapper. She also received medical help.
As for the kidnapper, he was taken to the Lucas County jail and is facing charges of abduction. We hope he will get what he deserves and will never again hurt an innocent child.
Had it not been for officer Ross and his instinct which could tell him something was odd, God knows what would have happened to the girl.