Castro County Kidnapping Victim Found Safe

NewsChannel 10
By KFDA Assignments Desk

Castro County, Texas - A Tulia man has undergone emergency surgery in Lubbock after a bizarre kidnapping in Castro County. Castro County Sheriff's deputies say it began Tuesday evening at the home of a woman 10 miles north of Nazareth. They say she was abducted by her estranged boyfriend, 57 year old Ronnie Joe Stowers.

They say she was driven overnight to Lea County New Mexico then released by Stowers. Lea County officials say the victim was told to drive away, as she did, they say she watched Stowers shoot himself. He was airlifted to Lubbock, where he remains.

The victim was treated for minor injuries and released from a hospital in Lovington, New Mexico.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.