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Missing woman found; kidnapping suspect arrested

Posted August 8, 2009 6:37 a.m. EDT

— A missing Fayetteville woman was found safe Friday, while authorities arrested a 46-year-old man suspected of kidnapping her.

Denise Jennifer Roberts, 26, was last seen by friends in the parking lot of the Courtyard by Marriot hotel, 4192 Sycamore Dairy Road, last Saturday night. Investigators believe that Willie Mack McCoy Jr. kidnapped her from the hotel.

U.S. Marshals, probation officers and Fayetteville police officers located McCoy in Smithfield Friday afternoon.

Roberts is back in Fayetteville, police said.

McCoy was being held in the Cumberland County Jail on first-degree kidnapping charges. His bond hadn't been set late Friday.

Police have not released more information about the incident. The investigation was ongoing.

McCoy had also been wanted on several unrelated outstanding warrants. He was convicted of selling drugs in Cumberland County in 1991, according to state Department of Correction records.