Craven County authorities said they received a 911 call at about 4:45 a.m. from a woman who said someone was breaking into her home. Dispatchers lost contact with the woman, identified as Katherine Bolton, 28, and deputies couldn't find her when they arrived at the house.
Investigators determined that Bolton had been kidnapped, and they identified Ryan Brown, 35, as a suspect in the case.
Franklin County authorities found Bolton at Brown's home, but they said Brown fled out the back door. Deputies were searching a rural area off N.C. Highway 58 for him.