Mariana Cracogna safe, alleged abductor Clint McLaughlin in custody
Woman reported missing on Friday, located in Saskatoon on Sunday
The search for a missing 26-year-old Saskatoon woman is over.
Police say that Mariana Cracogna was located just after 9 p.m. CST Sunday in a rural area east of Saskatoon. She had been reported missing late Friday afternoon by her family.
It was feared that she had been taken by her ex-fiancé, Clint McLaughlin, 36.
Cracogna is currently being treated in a Saskatoon hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said Cracogna was able to escape, making her way towards a highway. She was found by a passing motorist.
The 36-year-old suspect from Bradwell, Sask., about 45 km southeast of Saskatoon, was located just after midnight. Police said he is also being treated in hospital.
McLaughlin faces charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement, and breach of recognizance. Police said the continue to investigate and further charges may be laid.
He is expected to appear in provincial court once he is release from hospital.
Alleged assault and death threats
The history that emerges reading court documents shows why city police were so concerned when Cracogna was reported missing by family members on Friday.
At the time Cracogna went missing, McLaughlin was free on a $2,500 recognizance in connection with assault and confinement charges from January. He was due in court later this month on charges alleging he confined and assaulted a different woman.
Those charges allege that on Jan. 28, he assaulted a woman with a coat hanger, confined her, threatened to kill her, and then choked her with his hands.
He was released in March and ordered to return to court on June 16 for a trial.
McLaughlin has previous convictions for theft and mischief. The court documents note that all his previous convictions "relate to former girlfriends."
Alleged abduction triggers massive search
A massive search was conducted over the weekend, which ended when she was located.
People who live along Highway 16, east of Saskatoon, report seeing unmarked police SUVs with lights flashing travelling rapidly up the highway just after dark last night. MD Ambulance also confirms that paramedics were dispatched to that same stretch, in that same time period.
During the search, police said that McLaughlin was considered to be armed and dangerous.
Earlier Sunday evening, the pickup truck used in the possible abduction was recovered in a rural area east of Saskatoon.
The 2010 Ford Explorer SportTrac was reportedly spotted abandoned Sunday afternoon by a farmer, who then called police.
Investigators said that the suspect and victim were believed to not have food or water since Friday and were in a weakened state.
McLaughlin was also located by a passing motorist on a rural road hours after Cracogna was found.
The pickup truck is currently being processed by the Saskatoon Police Forensic Identification Unit.
Cracogna's brother Pablo Cracogna — who reported her missing to police two days ago — told CBC News that his sister may have recently ended a relationship with McLaughlin.
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