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Desperate text leads delegates to the kidnapped teen; mother found dead

Gary Love.

(Iredell County Sheriff’s Office)

A kidnapped 14-year-old girl managed to text her friend for help, leading deputies to discover that she was held captive and her mother was killed in their North Carolina home — and on Tuesday, the defendant was charged with murder.

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Gary Love, of Wadsworth, Ohio, was held without bond. Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell told local media the mother and daughter were violently assaulted in what he called a “satanic” crime.

Deputies found the dead woman on Monday morning after her daughter texted the friend to help. The daughter told deputies she was tied up since christmas Eve.

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The friend told WSOC the kidnapped teenager texted her “call 911, I and my mother need help fast.”

She was treated in a hospital and the stay with family. The authorities were awaiting autopsy results to determine how the mother died.

Love, 47, told officers who came to check on the two that they are at a funeral, before he ran out the back door. He was arrested soon afterwards.

It is unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Media are not the identify of the wife and daughter, as researchers say that they expect that the adding of sexual abuse against.

Love had been in North Carolina for a number of months, Campbell said. The suspect and the woman knew each other years ago when she lived in New York, according to a sheriff’s office release.

Local media reported Love was wanted in Ohio for domestic violence and had a protection against him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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