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ARREST MADE: Body Found During Kidnapping Case

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The Sac County Sheriff’s Office says a man is behind bars charged with kidnapping after a woman escaped from him Thursday morning. During the investigation authorities found the body of another female at the home where the woman said she was held.

Investigators are calling the woman’s death suspicious.

Around 8:00 Thursday morning, a person called 911 after a 21-year-old woman ran from a car near the town of Early. The woman told deputies she’d been kidnapped from her home in Storm Lake by 21-year-old Kirk Levin.

The woman says Levin was an acquaintance and had just been released from prison after serving time for burglary. She says Levin told her his car was broken down and he needed a ride. When they arrived at his house near Early he took her into the barn and told her he was kidnapping her. He tied her up and put her in the back seat of the vehicle.

Levin crashed the car into a ditch about a half a mile from the home and that’s when she was able to escape and flag down help.

After receiving the 911 call, authorities searched the area and found Levin hiding in a nearby barn.

When they searched the home where the woman said she’d been held captive the body of a deceased woman was found.

An autopsy by the Iowa State Medical Examiner will be held to determine the cause of death.

The woman’s name is not being released yet so authorities can notify her family.

Kirk Levin is being held in the Sac County Jail on charges of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, assault while participating in a felony and third degree kidnapping.

We’ll update this story with more information as it becomes available.