Man Accused of Kidnapping His Sister to Stop Her Wedding

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A Missouri man has been charged with kidnapping his sister, according to a CBS affiliate.

A 25-year-old named Conrad Kaufman has been accused of taking his sister, Cindy Kaufman, and holding her against her will in his truck, along with transporting her to Illinois in order to stop her from marrying her fiancé, John Graber.

On Monday, Graber sent Kaufman a text, asking to speak to her.

"I dropped her off at 2:00 and by 3 or 3:15, I called her, called him ... no answer," Graber said. "I had all the truck loaded and was ready to go, but no reply and I started to get pretty nervous."

Graber added that he sent a text saying that if he didn't hear from either of them, he would notify police.

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"At that point, at 4:00 p.m., he sends me a text back, 'Sorry, the wedding is off. I'm taking her far, far away and you're never going to see her again.' And then I fell apart," Graber said.

In the past few months, there had been concerns over whether Cindy should marry Graber because of religious differences, he revealed.

They both left the Amish community, but never expected anything like this to happen.

Almost 24 hours after being kidnapped, Cindy is home and Kaufman has been charged with first-degree kidnapping.

"It's a miracle that she's here, because if local law enforcement had just viewed it as a domestic situation, she'd be gone," Graber said.

The couple is set to wed on Saturday.


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