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UPDATE: Alleged Kidnapping Ends in Double Tragedy on Eastern Oregon Highway

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UPDATE: January 10, 2017

Prosecutors have identified the man involved in an alleged kidnapping which led to a deadly wreck, resulting in the death of two people, as 49-year-old Anthony Montwheeler of Nampa. The Malheur County (Ore.) prosecutor's office said Montwheeler survived a wreck on Oregon Highway 201, between Ontario and Vale, which claimed the life of a woman passenger in Montwheeler's pickup.

Law enforcement responded to a report of an alleged kidnapping at an Ontario convenience store on Monday, triggering a high-speed chase which ended when Montwheeler's truck slammed into a Ford SUV. The driver of the SUV was also killed in the wreck. A passenger in the SUV and Montwheeler both survived the crash and rushed to a local hospital.

An investigation by the Oregon State Police continues while the Ontario Police Department leads the homicide probe. Po


ORIGINAL POST: January 9, 2017

Oregon State Police are investigating an incident that began with an alleged kidnapping at an Ontario, Ore. convenience store and ended in tragedy when two people were killed in a head-on, two-vehicle crash on Oregon Highway 201.

Law enforcement was summoned to an Ontario convenience store early Friday morning, where police were told a man had kidnapped a woman and fled from the scene in a Dodge pickup. Ontario police were joined by OSP when a high-speed chase led to Ontario Highway 201. According to authorities, the chase ended near the highway intersection with Southwest 18th Avenue when the pickup crossed over the center line and slammed into an oncoming Ford SUV.

OSP said two people were killed in the crash: an unidentified woman in the truck and the driver of the SUV. A passenger in the SUV and the driver of the pickup—the alleged kidnapper—were pulled from the wreckage and rushed to a nearby hospital.

No names have yet been released and OSP closed off Highway 201 between Ontario and Vale through much of the day while the investigation continued.



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