Deputies: Abductor sought after kidnapped woman released

Deputies said Matthew Vinson Leopard is wanted for kidnapping and several other charges (Courtesy: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)

Deputies in Anderson County said a woman who was abducted Saturday returned home safely early Sunday morning, but they are still trying to track down the man accused of kidnapping her.

The 23-year-old went missing from a home on Mi Lues Drive around 2 p.m. Saturday, according to deputies.

Deputies said the victim was reportedly held at gunpoint and forced into the car of her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Matthew Vinson Leopard, 36, following an argument.

During the kidnapping, deputies said Leopard took a cell phone from a juvenile who was also at the home.

The victim told investigators Leopard let her go early Sunday morning. A driver saw her walking in the Chambert Forest area and gave her a ride home, deputies said.

Deputies said the victim was in good condition and did not need medical care.

Leopard remains on the run, deputies said. Arrest warrants have been signed, charging Leopard with criminal domestic violence high and aggravated, kidnapping and armed robbery. Leopard is considered armed and dangerous.

He may be driving a silver Toyota 4Runner, deputies said.Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372).

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