REGIONAL— A trip to North Dakota last month turned into a devastating week-long ordeal for a Lake Vermilion woman who says she was abducted and transported to the Bakken oil patch, possibly as part of a human trafficking ring.
Edith Chavez had traveled to Mandan with her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Delaney, but when the two argued on the trip, she said Delaney beat her and left her in Valley City, about 60 miles west of Fargo. She made arrangements to meet an aunt in Fargo and started hitchhiking east, where she hoped to get a ride back home. But 35 miles later, in back of a gas station in Casselton, a man grabbed her and knocked her unconscious.
“He picked me up right off the ground,” said Edith, “He was very strong and I couldn’t get away. There was a white flash and then I don’t remember.”