ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police now say a woman first believed to have been kidnapped by an unknown man Saturday morning was able to leave willingly but remains missing.
According to a news release sent Saturday by the Albuquerque Police Department, Chamisa Toya, 37, was last seen by her boyfriend just before 5:30 a.m. at a 7-Eleven gas station at Kathryn and San Mateo.
Toya and her boyfriend met an unknown man at a Circle K gas station at Central and San Pedro, said APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos.
“The couple left with the man for a few hours,” Gallegos said. “After saying he would drop the couple off at the 7-Eleven at Kathryn and San Mateo, James exited the truck, and the driver grabbed Toya in a choke hold, driving off with the passenger door still open.”
But on Sunday, Gallegos said police later found surveillance footage that showed the truck pulling over so Toya could get out. He said police believe Toya may have gotten into the truck to retrieve some of her belongings, and the driver is no longer suspected of any wrongdoing.
In an update Sunday, Gallegos wrote that Toya “willingly and safely left the truck shortly after the truck left” the convenience store.
“She is no longer considered a kidnap victim, but she is still considered missing,” Gallegos wrote.