Woman Held Against Will Since May Left Notes in Restrooms for Pa. Police to Find Her

After notes were found in a Walmart and a museum, authorities managed to save the woman

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Notes left on scraps of paper in public restrooms helped Pennsylvania authorities track down and rescue a woman held captive for months.

In the first note discovered last Thursday in a Walmart in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, police said the woman wrote she was being sexually and physically assaulted by a man, according to a criminal complaint. The woman said she was being held against her will, urged any readers to call 911, included an address and warned that the man had a knife.

Police investigated the address and tried to contact the woman by phone, court documents say, but the man told police she was on vacation in New York. After another note was found in the women’s bathroom at the Fallingwater museum in Mill Run, however, authorities managed to rescue the woman and arrested the man she described in the notes.

The woman told police she had been held against her will since May 1 and that the man — 38-year-old Corey Brewer of Pittsburgh, who was charged with multiple crimes — threatened to kill her and her family if she left, according to the criminal complaint. The two were previously in a relationship, and the victim, whose name nor condition has been released, used to have a protection-from-abuse order against him.

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