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

11:00 am | November 24, 2013

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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