Deputies locate Uber driver identified in suspected kidnapping, no arrest made

Pasco County

FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo is an Uber office in Secaucus, New Jersey, USA. The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled Friday Feb. 19, 2021, that Uber drivers should be classed as “workers” and not self employed, threatening the Californian company’s business model and holds broader implications for the so-called gig economy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) — Authorities say they have found the Uber driver who is being connected to what the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is calling a kidnapping.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office said an Uber passenger called 911 just after 7 a.m. Wednesday to report “a physical altercation with a hidden passenger” stowed under a blanket in the back seat of the car they were riding in.

Deputies later reclassified the suspicious incident as a kidnapping and named the Uber driver a suspect.

Additional evidence is being reviewed and the investigation is ongoing. No arrest has been made at this time.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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