PERRY COUNTY — A man was apprehended Monday evening after he abducted a one-year-old child from her home earlier Monday morning.
According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a call from a resident of Perry County reporting an assault and abduction of the child. The caller reported observing the suspect, Storm Lightening Zeitler, not only assault the child but also the mother of the child.
Zeitler fled from the area in a maroon 1998 Ford Contour after allegedly making threats to harm the child. A Perry County resident who was coming home from work at 5:27 a.m. Monday morning found the vehicle at the edge of the roadway near her driveway and called authorities. Zeitler and the child were not found in the vehicle.
Detectives from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol continued to track down leads, and at approximately 7:59 a.m., authorities discovered the missing child had been returned to the place of the abduction.
The child was found to have been hypothermic, and had minor abrasions along with bruising. The one-year-old was transported to Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan for precautions and medical evaluations.
Those assisting Perry County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation include the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, the New Lexington Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Center for Missing Exploited Children.
According to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, more information on the apprehension of Zeitler will be released soon.