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Woman believed kidnapped by ex found in Nevada, suspect still at large

Police say Virginia Paris, 55, was kidnapped Friday in Solvang, California by her ex-boyfriend, 52-year-old Joseph Hetzel. (SBCSO photos)

Police say Virginia Paris, 55, was kidnapped Friday in Solvang, California by her ex-boyfriend, 52-year-old Joseph Hetzel. (SBCSO photos)

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These surveillance photos show kidnapping suspect Joseph Hetzel and kidnapping victim Virginia Paris checking out of the Grand Canyon Inn in Valle, Arizona. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Police say a California woman believed kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend has been found at a Nevada hotel.

Henderson Officer Rod Pena says security at the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino reported that Virginia Paris approached guards late Monday and told them she had been kidnapped.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper reports Tuesday that the 55-year-old was taken to a hospital.

The suspect, 52-year-old Joseph Hetzel, is still at large.

Investigators believe Hetzel kidnapped Paris in Solvang, California, on Friday and drove away in her black Chrysler sedan.

They were seen Sunday near Phoenix, where Paris approached a customer at a coffee shop and said she needed help.

Investigators say Hetzel saw the exchange, grabbed Paris and dragged her away.

Paris had previously obtained a restraining order against Hetzel.

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