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Four Arrested, One Wanted In Iowa Abduction, Beating

Police searching Iowa abduction suspect

West Union, IA — Authorities are still looking for a fifth suspect in the abduction of an Iowa man who was beaten and left naked.

KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids reports that 18-year-old Tyler J. Williams, 19-year-olds Tory A. Gibson and William J. Newton, and 22-year-old Cody L. Caldwell were in custody on first-degree kidnapping charges.

Authorities say Williams’ uncle, 28-year-old Curtis A. Williams, is still at large. He is wanted for first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary.

All five men are accused of kidnapping 29-year-old Allen M. Denni from his West Union home Tuesday. They beat him and left him unclothed outside of town. Police said they used a white van in the abduction, which has since been located and seized.

Denni was hospitalized for his injuries, but his condition has not been disclosed.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have information about Curtis A. Williams’ whereabouts, or any other information about the case, to contact the West Union Police Department.

First-degree kidnapping is a Class A felony, and is punishable by up to life in prison without parole. First-degree burglary is a Class B felony, and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Another Iowa abduction case is still open after four months. Cousins Lyric Cook-Morrissey and Elizabeth Collins were last seen July 13 leaving their grandmother’s home in Evansdale.

The girls’ parents issued a letter to the person responsible for their disappearance. In it, they say they are sorry for whatever must have happened to them growing up “because only someone who hurts inside would hurt another person and their family.” Drew and Heather Collins and Dan and Misty Morrissey-Cook ask the assumed kidnapper to “Do the right thing. Be a hero,” by returning the girls.

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