Published March 19, 2022

Woman Abducted from South Dakota, Located in North Dakota

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***Updated March 20, 2022 at 1:40 p.m. to include charges***

EDGELEY — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says they located a woman hours after she had been abducted in South Dakota.

According to the NDHP, local authorities were made aware Friday night that Ryan Degroat, 35, Ogema, Minn., had taken a 41-year-old woman from her mother's home in Brown County, South Dakota at 10:32 p.m.

Law enforcement was able to use cellphone triangulation to locate Degroat's vehicle at the rest area on Highway 281, 8 miles north of Edgeley shortly after 2 a.m. early Saturday morning.

Highway Patrol Troopers took Degroat into custody and transported him to Stutsman County Corrections pending felony charges of Kidnapping, Felonious Restraint, and Terrorizing in Lamoure County.

The woman was transported to Jamestown Regional Medical Center by ambulance and treated for her injuries sustained throughout the ordeal.

The agencies involved were Highway Patrol, Lamoure County Sheriff’s office, BCI, Edgeley, and Jamestown Ambulance.

The incident remains under investigation.

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