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Police: Abduction of Ohio Mother Seemed Elaborately Planned

Police: Abduction of Ohio Mother Seemed Elaborately Planned

Columbus Dispatch via YellowBrix

April 01, 2011

LOGAN, OH – Summer Inman’s kidnapping appears to have been elaborately planned and included the use of a Taser and plastic zip-tie handcuffs, according to authorities.

A witness told police he came within a foot of two men who were forcing Inman into a car outside a Logan bank about 11p.m. on March 22, a week before her body was found. The men were using a Taser to stun the 25-year-old mother of three, said the witness, whom police have not identified.

The woman driving the car shouted to the men, “Someone is behind you!” One of them then used pepper spray to douse the witness, who ran from the area and called police.

Three other witnesses, at least one of whom also called police, reported that Inman was screaming as she was forced into a car being driven by a woman with bleached-blond hair.

The kidnappers appeared to have been lying in wait for Inman, leaving footprints behind some shrubbery.

The details come from an affidavit released yesterday that Logan Police Chief Aaron Miller filed to obtain warrants to charge Inman’s estranged husband, William A. Inman II, 26, and his parents – 47-year-old William A. Inman and his 46-year-old wife, Sandra – with her kidnapping. No charges have been filed in her death.

The Inmans were arrested March 24, but Summer Inman’s body was not found until Tuesday night, after her mother-in-law told her lawyer that the body was in a church septic system.

When Summer Inman’s body was pulled from the underground septic tank behind the Faith Tabernacle Church along Rt. 33 outside Nelsonville, plastic zip-ties – similar to “quick handcuffs” used by police – were on her body. The elder Inman and his wife are former members of the church and were married there.

One tie was cinched tight around Summer’s neck and another encircled her wrists, which were bound behind her back. The coroner reported that she had been strangled.

Her estranged husband, known as “Will” to his friends, and his father and mother have all pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and are being held in lieu of $1 million bond as police continue to investigate the slaying.

Will and Summer were going through a bitter divorce and custody dispute over their three children, police have said. The children are now with her parents.

The police chief’s affidavit also reveals that a GPS navigation unit found at the Inmans’ home in Akron likely provides details about the family’s travels in an older white Ford Crown Victoria that apparently is a former police car equipped with a searchlight.

The device showed directions for driving from Akron to Logan on March 22, when Summer disappeared, with arrival in Logan at 5:49 p.m. The device then was turned off and reactivated in Logan at 11:46 p.m., showing arrival back in Akron at 2:15 a.m. on March 23.

“The Inman family has attempted to mislead police, lying about their whereabouts,” Miller wrote in his affidavit. Will Inman contacted Logan police on March 23 and said he had not been in Logan since March 17. But telephone records showed his cellphone in use in Logan on the evening of March 22, when Summer was abducted.

A warrant obtained in Akron to search the Inmans’ home on March 23 stated that Will Inman claimed that his car had broken down along an interstate in the Cleveland area on the evening of March 22. (The Akron warrant, in apparent error, also stated that the woman driving the car when Summer was abducted sprayed the witness with pepper spray.)

When Summer’s father, Michael Cook, called 911 about his missing daughter at 11:47 p.m. on March 22, he said that Will Inman had called the family that evening to say that he could not pick up his three children for a visit the next day because his car had broken down.

Cook told the 911 dispatcher that when Summer did not follow her usual routine of sending a cellphone text message that she was heading home from her bank-cleaning job, the family went to the bank to look for her 20 minutes later. They found her coat, iPod and car keys outside the bank and called police.


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