OPD locates missing person; suspect charged with kidnapping

Published 2:58 pm Friday, April 22, 2022

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The Opp Police Department was successful in locating a local woman who went missing from her Opp residence on Monday.

Justin Tyler Mitchell

Opp law enforcement was notified of the missing woman at approximately 11 a.m., Monday, April 18.

According to reports, OPD was aware the female’s ex-husband had been making threats toward her and her family. An investigation revealed the female met with the ex-husband because she was in fear on what he said he was going to do if she did not come back to him. The female decided to go with the ex-husband to keep him from hurting her or any family members.

Police in Opp used technology to locate both individuals in Clarke County, Alabama.

Criminal investigators with the OPD charged and arrested Justin Tyler Mitchell, 34, of Baker, Florida, with first-degree kidnapping.

OPD officials expressed its appreciation to other assisting agencies, including the ALEA-State Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.