Elizabeth Shoaf was abducted after leaving her school bus. Her kidnapper took her through the woods into a hand-dug, 15 foot bunker near his trailer home. There, he restrained and abused her several times each day. Even though he continuously threatened to kill her, Shoaf didn’t lose hope and began planning her escape.
She started to talk to him about his interests and her kidnapper began to view her as a person he could trust. Eventually, he declared that he was in love with her. After 10 days of captivity, he allowed Elizabeth to borrow his cell phone to play games on it. Naturally, when he left, she used it to call her mother.
Law enforcement used the cellphone towers to locate the bunker. She told her kidnapper that the police were coming for him and that he should run away and come back for her later. Once he did so, she was able to leave and yell for help until they found her. Her kidnapper was found and sentenced to 421 years in prison- a sentence too short for his horrendous crimes.