SCOTLAND, Texas (AP) – The clerk of a rural grocery store was missing Saturday after an abduction that was captured by the store’s security cameras, and deputies were questioning a suspect, a sheriff said.

Archer County Sheriff Ed Daniels said he was “very worried” about the safety of 46-year-old Mindy Daffern.

The surveillance video showed a man casually walking into the store in North Texas on Friday, handing a cup to Daffern and then pointing a handgun at her face, authorities said. A clip from a different camera showed the gunman walking her out of the store as he sipped from the cup, with Daffern holding her hands up and appearing to plead with the man.

A third clip showed an sport utility vehicle driving away.

On Saturday, officers found an SUV like the one on the videotape parked outside a motel in Bowie, about 40 miles east of the store where 46-year-old Daffern was taken, Daniels said.

“The female is not with this guy,” Daniels told The Associated Press. “This is where the heavy questioning comes in. We have to find out where that girl is.”

Daniels, who knows Daffern, said she is a mother and a grandmother, a member of a tight-knit family.

“This lady needs to be back with those children,” he told the Wichita Falls Times Record News.

Scotland, which has fewer than 500 residents, is about 20 miles south of Wichita Falls.

AP-ES-08-16-08 1041EDT


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