UPDATE: Woman Not Kidnapped at Aiken Shopping Center
UPDATE (8/3/2023): No crime occurred in this situation. An individual was experiencing a medical emergency and received assistance from family.
A suspected kidnapping is under investigation in Aiken. Public Safety officials say a woman was reportedly forced into a white SUV by a black female and a male at Kalmia Plaza shopping center in Aiken this afternoon.
A statement from the department says, “It was reported that an adult female was forced from the parking lot into a white SUV. Investigators have reviewed surveillance footage and determined the female victim was forced to the vehicle by a black female and unknown race male.”
Investigators say the SUV is a white Nissan Xterra. They say it appears this was not a random victim.
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Aiken Department of Public Safety at (803) 642-7620 or submit an anonymous online tip at www.cityofaikensc.gov/offices/public-safety/crime-tip.