Police confirm Lubbock’s wife has been found safe and are still investigating the reported kidnapping


Lubbock police confirmed on Saturday that a woman allegedly abducted on Friday had been found safe.

Police on Friday had asked for the public’s help in locating 34-year-old Elisa Franco and 30-year-old George De La Pena, after officials reported that Franco had been kidnapped by De La Pena.

Just before 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, police announced that Franco had been found safe, but had no additional details to offer on De La Pena’s status, although officials confirmed the investigation is still ongoing.

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According to a statement from LPD Friday afternoon, Lubbock Police were initially called to the 2300 block of Auburn Street at 6:46 a.m. following reports of a kidnapping.

During the first run of the investigation, investigators say it appears that Franco was in a residence when 30-year-old George De La Pena broke in and threatened residents while showing a screwdriver and brass knuckles. De La Pena then fled on foot in an unknown direction with Franco.

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De La Pena is described as being 5’05”, weighing 180 lbs., with black hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen in black sweatpants tucked up to his knees without a shirt.

Franco and De La Pena are known to have dated each other before. There is no reason to believe that this is an arbitrary act.

Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to call Detective Matt Bearden at (806) 775-3470.

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This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Police confirm woman found safe in Lubbock, still investigating kidnapping