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    IL - Lori Wagner, 41, Gridley, Jan 2005

    Search Continues for Missing McLean County Woman

    Bloomington
    Josh Brogadir
    January 06 2005

    A multi-state search is underway for a 41-year-old McLean county woman who never made it into work Thursday morning.

    The McLean County Sheriff’s Department is worried Lori Wagner may be in danger.

    Coworkers and friends are concerned that she was abducted before starting her day as a dispatcher for Nu-Way Transportation Company in Bloomington.

    Authorities are looking for 42-year-old Michael Diekhoff, who they said should be considered armed and dangerous.

    Diekhoff is wanted on two warrants in McLean County and was arrested on a weapons violation one month ago near his home in Indiana.

    Indiana State Police said he served 12 years in the ‘80s and ‘90s in Indiana for shooting and abducting an ex-girlfriend, something that has people worried in McLean County.

    McLean County Sheriff Dave Owens said, “Her co-employers, employees could not find her (Wagner) at the business and they went back and checked around the truck and found her cell phone in the snow.”

    Authorities need the public’s help in looking for a black 2001 Ford 4 by 4 Super Crew Cab truck with Indiana license plates 452-755-A.

    Wagner’s last known address is in Gridley, before her house was destroyed in a suspicious fire in October.

    Local authorities said they have arrest warrants against Diekhoff for making several threatening phone calls to Wagner at work.

    Authorities said Wagner was older than the maximum age for an Amber Alert to be issued.

    They also warned not to approach the truck or the two individuals if you see them.

    Instead, if you have any information, call the McLean County Sheriff’s Department at (309)-888-5051 or call Crimestoppers at (309)-828-1111.

    http://www.hoinews.com/news/headlines/1180442.html

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    Woman reported missing from job

    By Sharon K. Wolfe and Greg Cima
    Friday, January 7, 2005

    BLOOMINGTON -- A nationwide alert has been issued for a Gridley woman who went missing from her workplace early Thursday. Police are looking for an Indiana man in connection with her disappearance.
    The man, Michael J. Diekhoff, 42, of Westport, Ind., is considered armed and dangerous, police said, cautioning the public not to approach him or his truck but to call police immediately.

    Lori S. Wagner, 41, was reported missing about 6 a.m. from Nu-Way Transportation Service, 25 Access Way, in southwest Bloomington. Her car and cell phone were found separately in the company parking lot.

    Diekhoff, a trucker who knew Wagner through her job as a dispatcher, is named on an outstanding warrant that accuses him of harassing Wagner by phone, said Lt. Bonnie Serone of the McLean County Sheriff's Department. She was not able to confirm Thursday night whether Wagner was with Diekhoff.

    In late October, an arsonist badly burned Wagner's house at 116 W. Sixth St., Gridley. Authorities have yet to make an arrest. An $11,000 reward was offered for information in that case.

    Wagner and her three children were not at home when the house burned. The family moved, and their telephone number was disconnected.

    Nu-Way officials declined comment Thursday night, referring The Pantagraph to police agencies.

    Westport, Ind., Police Sgt. Steve Peetz said Diekhoff was arrested Nov. 28 and charged with possession of a firearm by a violent felon and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.

    Armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, Diekhoff drove through a newly seeded church lawn and nearly hit several pedestrians, Peetz said.

    Police said they believe Diekhoff also may have a high-powered rifle.

    In Indiana in the late 1980s, Diekhoff fired a rifle into a vehicle, hitting a former girlfriend. He kidnapped the same woman while out on bond for attempted voluntary manslaughter. He served a 10-year prison sentence and was released in 2000, the Greensburg (Ind.) Daily News reported.

    http://www.pantagraph.com/stories/01...50107036.shtml

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    Arrest Warrant Issued in Case of Missing Woman

    Josh Brogadir
    January 07 2005

    Authorities across the country are looking for Lori Wagner, a McLean County woman, who never made it into work Thursday morning.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for aggravated kidnapping for convicted felon, 42-year-old Michael Diekhoff. Bond is set at $5 million.

    Diekhoff is an acquaintance of 41-year-old Lori Wagner of Gridley.

    She’s a mother of three, who authorities said was abducted outside of work in Bloomington on Thursday morning.

    Authorities say hints have been coming in to help investigate the case.

    McLean County Sheriff Dave Owens said, “We got a tip that said they may have been in Western Iowa yesterday (Thursday) afternoon late. We’re trying to confirm that, but at this point in time we don’t know. We don’t have any firm information where they might be headed from that location.”

    Meanwhile, family and friends are consumed by sadness about the alleged kidnapping.

    Lori’s safe return is the only thing they are praying for right now.

    Walking along outside on a quiet village street in Gridley, you can’t tell the hurt and pain felt inside.

    Cindy Wilson said, “It’s just awful that the kids have to go through this.”

    Wilson is one neighbor, and close friend, who misses Lori Wagner desperately and fears for her safety.

    Wilson said, “They need to bring her home and find him.”

    Family is Lori’s life.

    Wilson said, “The kids need their mother here. They’re so close. They’re so close.”

    And it extends beyond just her own children.

    Lori’s daughter Lindsay’s boyfriend Jon Porter said, “When I was around she always treated me like one of them.”

    Porter knows this isn’t the first painful moment for the Wagners.

    A suspicious fire destroyed part of their home in October, Lori and her three kids moved out.

    Wilson said, “Since the fire across the street, her and the kids and I have become closer.”

    And now, three months later, Porter said, “We’re waiting sitting on needles, can’t wait until she gets back, nobody can.”

    Wilson said, “I don’t know what he’ll do to her, I just pray to God she comes home, for the kids.”

    It was an emotional plea from those who love her to have Lori Wagner return, and help stop the pain they feel inside.

    Authorities are looking for a black 2001 Ford 4 x 4 with Indiana plates 45-27-55-A.

    If you have any information, call the McLean County Sheriff’s Department at (309)-888-5051 or call Crimestoppers at (309)-828-1111.

    http://www.hoinews.com/news/headlines/1181872.html

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    Illinois woman found safe, suspect arrested

    DIRK LAMMERS
    Associated Press
    Posted on Sat, Jan. 08, 2005

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - An Illinois woman who said she was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend managed to escape Saturday and ask for help at a convenience store, police said.

    Officers arrested Michael Diekhoff, 42, of Westport, Ind., three hours later after finding him holed up inside a camper on a large dealership lot, said Loren McManus, public information officer for the Sioux Falls Police Department.

    Lori Wagner, 41, of Gridley, Ill. escaped his custody at a truck stop off Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls. Wagner jumped in the driver's seat of the minivan and headed to a nearby store, McManus said.

    "She was able to get away when he had left her alone in the vehicle they were traveling in," he said.

    Officers and detectives from the Sioux Falls Police Department, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the FBI and the U.S. Marshal's Service began a search, which ended blocks from where Wagner escaped, McManus said.

    Wagner was reported missing early Thursday.

    Diekhoff, a truck driver, met Wagner through her job at Nu-Way Transportation Services Inc. of Bloomington, Ill., where she worked as a dispatcher.

    McManus said he wasn't sure why Diekhoff came to the Sioux Falls area.

    Northbound Interstate 29 runs through South Dakota and North Dakota to the Canadian border.

    On Friday, a judge in McLean County, Ill., issued an arrest warrant for Diekhoff and set bond at $5 million. He faces a single count of aggravated kidnapping that accuses him of being armed with a firearm and using "force or the threat of force" to move Wagner "from one place to another with intent secretly to confine her against her will," according to court records.

    McLean County Sheriff Dave Owens said authorities believe Diekhoff abducted Wagner from her workplace.

    Owens said Diekhoff and Wagner had a past dating relationship that lasted at least a year.

    Diekhoff already was wanted for allegedly harassing Wagner by telephone, and her co-workers called police when she did not show up at work. Her car and cell phone, however, were found in the company parking lot.

    "We knew by tracking phone calls he made that he was moving west, that he was west into Iowa (on Thursday night)," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Greg Allen.

    Diekhoff was free on bond after being arrested in Westport, Ind., on Nov. 29 on charges of failing to stop after a property damage accident, resisting law enforcement and illegally possessing a firearm. When police impounded his pickup truck they discovered a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition strewn about the vehicle. He previously served 10 years in prison for shooting and abducting a Greensburg, Ind., woman and was released from the Pendleton Correctional Facility in 2001.

    Allen said a high-power rifle was missing from Diekhoff's parents' home, where he lived, and that he left a note indicating "that he was going to take his own life" rather than allow himself to be arrested again.

    McManus said Diekhoff was taken into custody without incident.

    Diekhoff was scheduled to be featured next week on "America's Most Wanted" and was the lead story on the television show's Web site Saturday.

    http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGBTT4F8Q3E.html

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    IL-Missing Woman Escapes Alleged Kidnapper

    Missing Illinois Woman Escapes Alleged Kidnapper
    Diekhoff Faces Count of Aggravated Kidnapping
    By DIRK LAMMERS, AP

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Jan. 8) -- An Illinois woman who said she was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend managed to escape Saturday and ask for help at a convenience store, police said.

    Officers arrested Michael Diekhoff, 42, of Westport, Ind., three hours later after finding him holed up inside a camper on a large dealership lot, said Loren McManus, public information officer for the Sioux Falls Police Department.

    Lori Wagner, 41, of Gridley, Ill. escaped his custody at a truck stop off Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls. Wagner jumped in the driver's seat of the minivan and headed to a nearby store, McManus said.

    "She was able to get away when he had left her alone in the vehicle they were traveling in," he said.

    Officers and detectives from the Sioux Falls Police Department, the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the FBI and the U.S. Marshal's Service began a search, which ended blocks from where Wagner escaped, McManus said.

    Wagner was reported missing early Thursday.

    Diekhoff, a truck driver, met Wagner through her job at Nu-Way Transportation Services Inc. of Bloomington, Ill., where she worked as a dispatcher....

    On Friday, a judge in McLean County, Ill., issued an arrest warrant for Diekhoff and set bond at $5 million. He faces a single count of aggravated kidnapping that accuses him of being armed with a firearm and using "force or the threat of force" to move Wagner "from one place to another with intent secretly to confine her against her will," according to court records.

    McLean County Sheriff Dave Owens said authorities believe Diekhoff abducted Wagner from her workplace....

    Owens said Diekhoff and Wagner had a past dating relationship that lasted at least a year....

    Diekhoff already was wanted for allegedly harassing Wagner by telephone, and her co-workers called police when she did not show up at work. Her car and cell phone, however, were found in the company parking lot.

    Diekhoff was free on bond after being arrested in Westport, Ind., on Nov. 29 on charges of failing to stop after a property damage accident, resisting law enforcement and illegally possessing a firearm. When police impounded his pickup truck they discovered a 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition strewn about the vehicle. He previously served 10 years in prison for shooting and abducting a Greensburg, Ind., woman and was released from the Pendleton Correctional Facility in 2001.

    Diekhoff was taken into custody without incident....

    Diekhoff was scheduled to be featured next week on "America's Most Wanted" and was the lead story on the television show's Web site Saturday.

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    Just wonderful news

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    Kidnapper gets life

    I just spoke to a friend of mine who happens to be Lori's BIL. (She married his brother in '06)

    He let me know that the unstable scumbag was given life.

    The one thing that I would like to point out is that all of the original news stories said that Michael Diekhoff was her ex-boyfriend. NOT TRUE except for in his mind.

    http://www.greensburgdailynews.com/b...054002920.html

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    The kidnapper has been given life.

    http://www.greensburgdailynews.com/b...054002920.html



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