Heroic family goes to unbelievable lengths to save kidnapped relative

After a Louisiana mother was recently kidnapped by her ex, her own family members tracked down the suspect and killed him in an abandoned house where he was allegedly holding her captive!

Bethany Arceneaux was picking up her 2-year-old in the parking lot of a daycare on Wednesday when she was abducted. Witnesses say they saw Scott Thomas, the father of Arceneux's child, force her into his car before driving away, leaving the child behind. But though authorities kicked off an investigation, it was Arceneaux's own relatives who ultimately ended up making the daring rescue.


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After Arceneaux's child was taken in by family members, law enforcement officials combed the area for a sign of her or Thomas. They found Thomas' empty car near an abandoned sugarcane field and continued to search the open area through the night and all day Thursday, but found no more leads.

So on early Friday, Arceneaux's family members decided to conduct their own search in the same area. Eventually, they came across a secluded house hidden by a cluster of trees, about a mile from where the car was found. After hearing what seemed to be a scream, a cousin kicked the door in and entered to find Arceneaux and Thomas, who started stabbing his victim.

Arceneaux's family members quickly reacted, with an armed cousin firing several shots at Thomas before grabbing Arceneaux and escaping. Wow, it's pretty unbelievable that they put themselves at such risk to save their loved one. That is one brave family!

Arceneaux suffered several stab wounds and was taken to a hospital, where she is in stable condition. Officers who heard the gun shots found Thomas' body still in the house. Investigators say it is unlikely the man who shot Thomas will be charged.

I'm amazed that not only did Arceneaux's relatives take it upon themselves to find her when the authorities couldn't, but that they also managed to get her and themselves out of there. Talk about true heroes! I'm just glad that this story had a happy ending and that the victim was saved.

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