By Max Hrenda
Police Chief Patrick Chapman watches the highway that runs through his tiny Kansas town of Holyrood.
On Chapman’s mind is a statewide alert: Watch for a white, Peterbilt tractor-trailer that carries a fearful young woman authorities believe is being held against her will.
A white, Peterbilt tractor-trailer. Chapman knows as many as 300 to 400 vehicles matching that description might pass through his town in a typical day.
What are the chances he’ll find the one carrying the woman? Chapman parks along Kansas 156, which runs for a mere 3,000 feet through Holyrood.
At around 6:30, Chapman spies a white Peterbilt. It’s the first he’s seen since the statewide alert. The first of many he expects to see. Still … Minutes later, a 27-year-old Carter County woman – who will only be referred to as “Jane” in this story – is free, and a Virginia man, Clinton Lee Endicott, faces a kidnapping charge.
More than a thousand miles away, dispatchers in a windowless room in Elizabethton move on to their next call. Their job, conducted tenaciously, is done. Jane is, miraculously, safe.