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Hometrue crimeCold case kidnapping takes drastic turn after cops rule out prime suspect

Cold case kidnapping takes drastic turn after cops rule out prime suspect

The prime suspect in a 23-year-old kidnapping cold case is now believed to be an innocent missing person like her daughter, law enforcement said. 

For decades, West Virginia police believed Susan Gail Carter abducted her 10-year-old daughter, Natasha “Alex” Carter, during a “contentious” custody battle with her husband in 2000, according to FBI wanted posters, which offered a $10,000 reward.

Carter allegedly told her husband, Rick Lafferty, at the time he would never see his daughter again, and the girl’s grandmother believed the child was afraid of her mother, according to the wanted posters.  

The investigation took a dramatic swing the last two weeks after West Virginia State Police collected new evidence that suggests both Susan and her daughter mysteriously disappeared at the same time.

Law enforcement doubled a reward to $20,000 for information leading to Susan and Natasha Carter being found.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the West Virginia State Police Beckley Detachment at 304-256-6700.

The case was featured in a 2022 episode of “In Pursuit with John Walsh.”

Chris Eberhart is a crime and US news reporter for Fox News Digital. Email tips to chris.eberhart@fox.com or on Twitter @ChrisEberhart48.

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