Manhunt on bloodied NJ woman sparked by misunderstanding

A nationwide manhunt for a bloody woman believed to be kidnapped in New Jersey was sparked by an accident and a bizarre misunderstanding, police told The Post on Friday.

The unnamed woman – who was spotted screaming and bleeding inside a tractor-trailer on Route 130 on Wednesday – was injured when her husband braked to avoid an accident, the deputy chief of South Brunswick Police, Jim Ryan.

The woman, who was standing between the cabin and the platform berth, flew forward and found herself bleeding and screaming, he said.

But an employee of a nearby car rental company who didn’t see the big rig come to a halt, saw the woman bleeding and thought he might be witness to a kidnapping and called the police, Ryan said.

“He’s standing in a parking lot and he hears someone screaming ‘help,'” Ryan said, adding that the witness called police.

The confusion sparked a multi-agency search for the truck and, after media reported the incident, at least 100 calls about possible sightings from Texas to California, Ryan said.

Police say the nationwide manhunt for a woman to be abducted in New Jersey was due to a misunderstanding.
Southern Brunswick Police Service

Police used surveillance footage, including of local businesses, as well as tips to locate the married couple in their 50s and determine there was no foul play on Thursday, it said Ryan.

“It’s amazing what people can do if they step up,” he said. “I’m glad the result is positive.”

Despite the odd confusion, he said the witness ultimately did the right thing by reporting the woman in distress.

“He saw it accurately and made good observations,” Ryan said.

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