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Rhode Island Woman Recounts Kidnapping; Relates to Ohio Women

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by ABC6 Reporter Mark Curtis 





"I do relate to their terror. It's a horrifying feeling."

Sherry Elderkin is talking about her reaction to the kidnapping of three Ohio women, who are now free after years in captivity.

Back in 1997, Elderkin was carjacked at gun point from a New Jersey mall.

10 days later she was left for dead, inside a car parked along a road in Dallas, Texas.

Elderkin said, "It is absolutely horrifying. The abuse. The emotional stress, the physical anguish. One minute you think you're going to die. The next minute you're thinking of ways you're going to get out of it."

Despite a concussion and other injuries, Elderkin found her way to a Dallas police station.

ABC6 Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Elderkin says the FBI actively investigated for about 10 years and contacted her any time there was a similar carjacking. But ultimately no one was ever arrested."

16 years after her kidnapping Elderkin says she is okay, but still has occasional nightmares.

She says her family and friends got her through the ordeal, and would tell the Ohio victims that that will be the source of their strength.

"It's not an easy process and you need the support of your family. You need the support of everyone around you, in order to work through it. You'll never forget it and it never goes away. But you will overcome it and be able to get on with your life," said Elderkin.

Today Elderkin works full–time and has a husband and children.


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