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Kidnapped Woman Wants to Put Ordeal Behind Her

Posted December 21, 2006

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— A judge on Thursday increased the bond for a man charged with abducting his estranged wife, but the woman said she just wants to put the episode behind her.

Raymond "Scott" Massa, 38, whose address was listed as the Sanford Motel, is charged with kidnapping and two counts of assault in connection with the disappearance of Sherry Massa. During his initial court appearance Thursday morning, his bond was tripled, to $750,000, after prosecutors described the violent nature of the abduction.

Sherry Massa, 38, was reported missing Monday morning after her two daughters found her car abandoned in a ditch along a rural Lee County road. A window was broken out, and the engine was still running, authorities said.

Investigators said Raymond Massa used a truck he stole from his cousin to run his wife's car off the road. He then yanked her out of her car, hit her several times in the face and forced her to go with him to Carolina Beach, authorities said.

They later returned to the Fayetteville area, where Sherry Massa was able to convince her husband to let her go, authorities said. She returned home Wednesday afternoon in the truck where she had been kept captive for more than two days, authorities said.

Raymond Massa was arrested a few hours later at his mother's house in Harnett County .

After Thursday's court hearing, Sherry Massa, who was wearing sunglasses to cover two black eyes, said she wants to forget about the ordeal and get on with her life.

"I'm glad to be home. I'm glad to be with my girls, and I'm glad to be safe," she said. "I'm still going to be all right. ... My girls are strong. I'm strong. I love my family, and I love his family. I don't want anybody to be mad about what happened. I just want to go on and let it go."

Family members said Raymond Massa has been distraught over the breakup of his marriage and desperately wanted his wife back. The couple has been separated for about two years, and Sherry Massa filed for divorce a week ago.

According to court records, Raymond Massa has been charged twice with assaulting his wife, most recently on Dec. 4. Sherry Massa has also taken out two domestic violence protection orders against him – one which was in place when she disappeared.

The couple's daughters said they believe their father has a drug problem and needs therapy.

"I want to look my father in the eye and ask him why. Why did he do this? We love him. Why would he ever do anything to hurt our mom?" Ashley Massa said. "He needs a lot of help because what he did was wrong."
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  • E-Diva Dec 22, 2006

    Substance abuse doesn't turn people into wretched beings....He, I'm sure, has always been a horrible person, whether he showed it on the outside or not. There is NO excuse for what this man did to his family. I hope Sherry cooperates with the prosecution, puts him in jail, and never looks back.

  • cmharcourt Dec 22, 2006

    In response to OUTFORWRAL's question: I am greatful that this story is getting a lot of press. Maybe if people are made aware of these kind of dangerous situations that "happen everyday" then women will not be ashamed to come forward and it will become less common. Reporting stories like these could save lives, maybe even Sherry Massa's life.

  • ralwood Dec 22, 2006

    I'm grateful to God that you remained in his care while going through this storm. Remember no matter what someone do to you. Look at role you play in it also, and lean upon God with all your heart. In due time God will heal those wounds. Never hate anyone such as the comment that KATMA made because that is not of God. KATMA when you have walked in the path of substance abuse all you can do is voice your opinions in which I'm sure this man has not been this way until his life changed due to sustance abuse issues. Always remember God played a role in working through this man to let his wife go, and seek help.

  • xchief661 Dec 22, 2006

    The answer is never as simple as it seems to those outside of a situation, but I see this as a disaster waiting to happen. Will the next news about you be about the death of one or all of you. I speak from experience not speculation. Good Luck to you and those precious girls that love you so much. They could have been without both parents today. What a horror for them to have to face. What a horror for anyone to have to face. I understand you wanting to move forward but you will not be able to put it behind you. Your children now live in fear every minute that you are not in their site, not to mention members of both families involved. That is a very big burden for them to carry. A person who claims to love the way your ex-husband does is a very unstable and scarey person. He even scares me and I don't even know him! Once again we pray for the safety of all of you and that God will somehow give you the peace you need so that all of you can move on without living in fear.

  • SOCLOSE Dec 21, 2006

    I hate men like Raymond. He's probably making her feel like this is her fault, the things he's doing to her. I know how that feels. He's a selfish bastard, and instead of thinking about himself or Sherry, he's main concern should be his daughters.

  • kimberlysmith Dec 21, 2006

    I will keep you in my prayers Sherry. Bad habits are hard to break. And only you know your whole situation. But, I do agree that you need to do what is best for your children. Best of luck to you. Be strong. God bless.

  • my2cents Dec 21, 2006

    Why is this story worthy of all this press. It happens everyday!!!!

  • nursevb8 Dec 21, 2006

    This just shows the lack of protection our law enforcement are able to give. They can't be everywhere-but protection orders are a joke. They have to come and half kill you, or completely finish the job before they can do anything. Then there has to be proof. Go on with your life Sherry--but hope he gets punished to the fullest. Keep an eye over your shoulder....

  • nursevb8 Dec 21, 2006

    This just shows the lack of protection our law enforcement are able to give. They can't be everywhere-but protection orders are a joke. They have to come and half kill you, or completely finish the job before they can do anything. Then there has to be proof. Go on with your life Sherry--but hope he gets punished to the fullest. Keep an eye over your shoulder....

  • jgreene64 Dec 21, 2006

    This woman is representative of the lower socio-economic strata of women who don't seem to know any better than to allow ignorant behavior to perpetuate itself again and again and again. This is the sort of mindset that will eventually see her daughters as the victims of abuse. Let's do nothing! Let's all just get on with our lives that spawned this behavior! And rickmoore21, what makes you think that another man is the answer? She needs to be strong and independent, not a perpetual victim needing a man's "rescue."

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