WHEELING, Ill. (AP) – A woman was found wrapped in duct tape and inside a plastic garbage can in her ex-husband’s storage unit Sunday, a day after she called 911 from the back of his truck saying he had abducted her. Teri Jendusa-Nickolai, 38, was hurt, Wheeling Deputy Police Chief John Stone, but he did not release the extent of her injuries. She was taken to a local hospital, village spokesman James Lang said.

Jendusa-Nickolai was found in storage facility near the airport where her ex-husband, David M. Larsen, works.

An employee of the facility found her after walking past Larsen’s unit and hearing a muffled sound, Stone said.

Jendusa-Nickolai had last been heard from when she made a 911 call from her cell phone Saturday afternoon, saying Larsen had bound her hands and placed her in the back of his truck. The Wind Lake, Wis., native told authorities she didn’t know where she was.

Larsen, 39, was arrested Saturday when he reported for work as an air traffic controller.

at Palwaukee Municipal Airport. The couple’s children were found safe with a baby sitter in another Chicago suburb after being dropped off by Larsen.

Larsen was in custody Sunday on an initial charge of false imprisonment, Racine County, Wis., Sheriff Bob Carlson said.

Jendusa-Nickolai had obtained a restraining order against Larsen for domestic abuse on Jan. 22, and the two were in court recently for a child custody hearing, according to sheriff’s officials.

Officials said Sunday that Amanda Larsen, 6, and Holly Larsen, 4, were safe and healthy in Wisconsin, but would not say where or with whom.

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