UPDATED: Law Enforcement would also like to thank everyone who submitted tip information and shared the information via our social media. On May 15, 2015, the suspect was taken into custody.
On Friday at approximately 2:00pm, a suspect in the adult abduction case was taken into custody in Yorkville, Illinois, which is located just west of Chicago, IL. Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol, Illinois State Police, Effingham, IL Police Department, Anna, IL Police Department, and Centralia, IL Police Department have been diligently following leads over the past three days.
On May 12, 2015, an adult female told authorities she was abducted for hours before escaping her captor. The female says she was sitting in her vehicle in Cape County Park South in Cape Girardeau when she was physically forced into a red extended cab pick-up truck. It happened sometime between 11:00am and noon on May 12, 2015. The female says she was then driven to various locations and sexually assaulted before she managed to escape in Effingham, Illinois around 6:00pm.
This morning the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab advised that fingerprints that had been lifted from the victim’s vehicle checked to a Jeffery M. Lazier, W/M age 43 from Coal City, IL. Investigators also confirmed that Lazier owns a red 2006 Ford F-250 and is a registered sex offender in the state of Illinois.
Lazier was located in Yorkville, Illinois and was taken into custody by Illinois State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation without incident. He is currently being held on a warrant out of Cape Girardeau County for Class A Robbery 1st Degree, Class B Felony Kidnapping, Armed Criminal Action, Felony Sodomy 1st Degree, and Class C Felony of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree. His bond has been set at $250,000 cash only. Lazier is being held pending extradition back to Missouri.
The FBI and the Cape Girardeau Police Department are investigating an alleged adult abduction and are seeking information from the public.
On May 12, 2015, an adult female told authorities she was abducted for hours before escaping her captor. The female says she was sitting in her vehicle in South County Park in Cape Girardeau when she was physically forced into the red extended cab pick-up truck pictured below. It happened sometime between 11 a.m. and noon on May 12, 2015. The female says she was then driven to various locations a nd assaulted before she managed to escape in Effingham, Illinois around 6:00 PM. The vehicle may have traveled south on I-55 from Cape Girardeau and then back to Cape Girardeau before crossing into Illinois.
The suspect is described as a white male in his mid to late 30s with a salt-and-pepper goatee. He is approximately 5’10” and heavy set, wearing a ball cap, long-sleeve top that was dirty, and light blue jeans. The suspect is possibly hard of hearing and a heavy smoker.
If you have information about this case, please call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.