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St. Paul Police Officer Chris Stark, who works in the missing persons division, makes a call to a runaway's school to check whether or not the student is there Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 in St. Paul.

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She was sobbing when she dialed 911 from a downtown St. Paul hotel.

"Hi, this is Barb. I'm a runaway from Des Moines, Iowa, and I'm in big trouble," she told the dispatcher. "I'm afraid I'm about to get killed!"


Between frantic breaths, the young woman, who had just turned 18, reported that she was being held captive in Room 851 of the Hilton Garden Inn. She feared her captors would return to the room any minute.

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