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Chatham County investigating reported hostage situation

Posted October 21, 2010 8:33 p.m. EDT

— The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a reported kidnapping and hostage situation in the southern part of the county near the Lee County line Thursday afternoon.

"The suspected hostages have been confirmed to be safe, and the reported hostage taker does not appear to be in the area," according to a sheriff's news release.

Major Gary Blankenship said officers created a perimeter around the suspect’s home at about 2:15 p.m. and tried to make contact with someone in the home, but no one responded.

“It appears that no one is there, and the suspect has likely fled the area. However, we will continue to investigate until we are absolutely sure," according to the news release.

No other information was available.