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Missing teen found after jumping from vehicle

The area where an 18-year-old Michigan woman disappeared after she stopped her car to check on someone who was lying down on the side of Dean Road at Crabb Road in Bedford, Mich. Romain Blanquart, AP

ECORSE, Mich. - An 18-year-old Michigan woman who went missing after reporting she'd stopped to check on a person lying in a rural roadside ditch was found alive more than 16 hours later after jumping from a slow-moving vehicle, police said.

Ecorse police Cpl. Chris Trevino told the Detroit Free Press that a motorist in the Detroit suburb saw the woman jump about 2:30 p.m. Friday from the vehicle, which sped away. The motorist took the woman to the police station, Trevino said, and she was taken to a hospital.

Details on the woman's condition weren't released, but Trevino said she was able to talk to police, saying she had been abducted and at one point had been "hooded." Trevino said she was upset and he described her as not very talkative.

Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Jeff Pauli told the Free Press on Saturday that the woman was "home and resting comfortably" as authorities continue to look for a suspect.

"We're investigating all facts, all possibilities," he said. "We have not arrived at a conclusion."

According to the Monroe County sheriff's department, the woman had gone to a video store and was on the phone with a friend Thursday night when she stopped in Bedford Township, located near the Ohio border.

"During their conversation, (the woman) stated that she was at Dean and Crabb roads when she noticed a guy laying in the ditch," Sheriff Dave Malone said, according to CBS affiliate WWJ.

The young woman then told her friend that she was going to get out of her car and check on the person.

"Seconds later, (the woman) told her friend, 'He has a gun,' and the phone was disconnected," Malone said.

The sheriff's department said the friend called the woman's father, who later found her unoccupied vehicle idling. An air and ground search was launched, with local authorities, state police and the FBI involved.

On Friday morning, police received a phone call that the missing woman might have been spotted. Malone said a citizen reporting a man and woman who matched the teen's description walking along a road around 4 a.m.

Hours later, the woman jumped from a car in Ecorse, police said.

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