Chilling 911 calls released in Lakeland abduction - WFLA News Channel 8

Chilling 911 calls released in Lakeland abduction

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LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) -

A woman reported missing from Lakeland on Monday evening has been found in Brevard County after a police chase.
 
Elizabeth Rae Hamilton's father reported her missing from her job at a Lakeland mall.  Soon after LPD officers started the investigation, they determined Hamilton, 26, was probably taken by her ex-boyfriend, Brett Lee Curtis, 27.  They started looking for his car.

It was spotted by a South Daytona Police officer at 3 in the morning. Police initiated a chase after the car didn't stop.  Hamilton and Curtis were on the phone with 911 dispatchers during the ordeal. 

"I've been kidnapped and we are being followed,"  Hamilton told the operator.  "And he's threatening to kill me if they keep following him." 

Curtis was calm as he spoke with the dispatcher. 

"I am the gentleman from Lakeland," said Curtis.  "I have kidnapped my ex-fiance, if you continue to follow me I will kill her. That is your final warning."

The driver of the car opened fire at police, according to the police report.  Officers managed to disable the car using stop sticks near mile marker 225 on Interstate 95. 

Hamilton got out of the vehicle, police said.  Curtis was found in the car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Officials pronounced him dead at the scene.  The Brevard County Sheriff's Department is now investigating Curtis's death. 

Lt. Mike Scully says he's pleased Hamilton was not injured, nor were any of the pursuing officers.

"The most important thing is this person is safe, and all of our officers are safe and the public is safe and we were able to bring this to a conclusion fairly quickly," said Scully.

 Robin Hamilton, the victim's mother, issued a following statement Tuesday morning:

"We are not commenting on the case at this time as it is under investigation. We would like to express our deep gratitude and sincere thanks for the efforts of all law enforcement and security agencies who aided in the process which culminated in our daughter’s safe return. We would also like to especially thank the officers and detectives of the Lakeland Police Department for their immediate response, steady determination, and exemplary manner in which they handled this matter."

LPD Sgt. Richard Rose said Hamilton was not injured.  She will be reunited with her family in Lakeland Tuesday morning.

Hamilton had a temporary injunction against Curtis.  She planned to ask a judge make it permanent on Tuesday, Sgt. Rose said.

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