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Woman rescued from Nevada motel after six months as captive: police

Woman Rescued From Nevada Motel After Facebook Plea


(Reuters) - A woman held captive for six months by a former boyfriend who threatened to kill her if she tried to escape was rescued from a Nevada motel after writing about her plight on Facebook, police said on Tuesday.

Her captor, Jason Greniger, 34, was arrested on Saturday at the MV Motel in Mesquite, a golfing and gambling resort town 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, said Detective Sergeant MaQuade Chesley, a spokesman for the Mesquite Police Department.

The woman, Sheena Herschbach, had not been physically restrained by Greniger during the ordeal and was regularly sent to a nearby store for food and beer, Chesley said.

"She had opportunities to contact police, it just took her six months to get the courage to do it," Chesley said. "She legitimately believed that he would kill her, hurt her or hurt her family if she didn't stay with him."

Greniger was being held at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and also on an outstanding warrant from Minnesota stemming from a charge of first-degree felony malicious punishment of a child, Chesley said.

He is due in court on Wednesday in Mesquite in the kidnapping case, which will be resolved before the Minnesota case is adjudicated, Chesley said.

Herschbach turned to Facebook to seek help after Greniger, in an uncharacteristic move, allowed her to visit a nearby public library on Saturday, Chesley said.

Her post, presented as written, read, "I just whant to let every one know im sarry I whant to come home but he wont let me."

Chesley confirmed the authenticity of the post, which also gave her whereabouts.

Later that day, Mesquite police were told of the post and went to the motel, where they arrested Greniger, Chesley said.

Herschbach had until Saturday been out of contact with her family, including several children, for six months and only learned of her mother's December death after being freed, Chesley said.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in Olympia, Washington; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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vegasvik January 15 2014 at 2:23 PM

She clearly has mental health/developmental issues.

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sandracknox January 15 2014 at 6:35 PM

who can afford to stay in a motel that long?

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avitecha sandracknox January 15 2014 at 7:23 PM

If you rent out the room on a monthly basis, it is cheaper than 30 times the daily rate. It can also be cheaper than rent at an apartment.

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lisacatz January 15 2014 at 5:49 PM

This must have been a terrifying ordeal for her and her family. I am so happy that she is free from her captor and the abuse her put her through. My blessings to her and her children.

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womlib lisacatz January 15 2014 at 8:03 PM

I wonder why the media did nothing to report a missing woman? Usually family are all over the media asking for their help in finding their loved ones. And what abuse? I see no bruises or trauma on her. She admitted she was not restrained. Obviously she left to be with him.

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Kristen womlib January 15 2014 at 8:35 PM

That's a good point. Did family and friends think she willingly abandoned her children? I mean, was that like her? Although abuse and bruises fade and/or can be hidden, and just because she was not physically restrained doesn't mean he didn't obviously have mental control of her.

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fuuufuu January 15 2014 at 5:43 PM

I think this goes on more in Las Vegas than people know. Yes her situation may seem one way but no one knows how she feels. I thnk they call it Stockholm syndrome or something like that. IF you look at her, she looks broken down and battered. It is so easy for everyone to judge and say harsh words. Give her some love and compassion.

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Jesus is Lord January 15 2014 at 4:25 PM

Looks like the details are left out and she appears to be very taken advantage of. She was terrified and worried he would hurt her babies. I wonder, who did take care of the children.

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ihuber1 January 15 2014 at 3:41 PM

Are you kidding me? This story just doesn't add up.

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CAMERON January 15 2014 at 3:24 PM

Ok many Red flags. Family. Did not report her missing. Children I wonder who was taking care of them ? A lot more to this story. Then being reported.

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renner1234 January 15 2014 at 3:22 PM

This story sound so real.

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chris constant January 15 2014 at 12:49 PM

When will the sickoooooooooooos abandon the earth?

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henry_bevis chris constant January 15 2014 at 1:16 PM

Have you not heard? The sickooooos have taken over.

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naojf22936 chris constant January 15 2014 at 1:41 PM

You'll be here until your time is up. All humans are....sicko's. Most don't acknowledge it.

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CAMERON January 15 2014 at 3:17 PM

Ok. Why did she take so long. To run? I wonder ?

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