November 24th , 2013 11:00 am Leave a comment

From the plains of Kansas, local dispatchers receive ‘a call for help’


Police Chief Patrick Chapman watches the highway that runs through his tiny Kansas town of Holyrood.

Photo by Danny DavisIt was 4:36 p.m. on Nov. 2 when the phone rang at Carter County 911.

Photo by Danny Davis
It was 4:36 p.m. on Nov. 2 when the phone rang at Carter County 911.

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.


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