Investigation continues into kidnapping allegation

10:26 am | January 31, 2013

A report of a kidnapping, made Monday by a deaf Elizabethton man, could lead to additional charges for county residents arrested on methamphetamine charges, Carter County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Mike Little said Wednesday.

According to Little, 48-year-old Harley L. Phillips Jr. told police he was held against his will for three or four days at the home of Jon Campbell and Samara Wilcox, and forcefully injected with an unknown drug.

Little said Phillips used sign language and written communication to tell officers of his captivity in the back bedroom of the residence at 2451 Old Elizabethton Highway on the outskirts of Johnson City.

Jonathan Randolph Campbell

Jonathan Randolph Campbell

Samara Lynnett Wilcox

Samara Lynnett Wilcox

He reported to the police during an interview at Johnson City Medical Center that Campbell threatened to kill him with a black-and-silver handgun if he tried to leave the house.

Officers said Phillips told them that he escaped the home while the residents were asleep Monday morning and fled to a nearby home for help.

He also told police that the homeowner used and cooked methamphetamine in the house while he was being held captive and that a 6-year-old child was also present.

CCSD Special Operations officers executed a search warrant on the home Monday

afternoon and reported discovering debris and materials commonly used to produce meth and the young child.

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