Police: Captive Woman Found In Pit In Man’s Backyard Shed

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) – Police say an Ohio man with mental health problems kidnapped a neighbor and kept her trapped in a small grave-like pit in his backyard shed, where her cries for help alerted other people living nearby and led to her rescue.

Blanchester police say Dennis Dunn has a history of mental health issues and was hospitalized. The woman was treated at a hospital and released.

Police say the woman was reported missing about 2 a.m. Wednesday and neighbors called them about 4 a.m. after hearing cries from the shed in Blanchester.

Officers found the woman in the pit. They say the hole was covered with a wooden board that had heavy objects on top of it, preventing her from getting out.

It can’t be determined whether Dunn has an attorney to comment on the accusations.

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