Car of kidnapping suspect located in Georgia

Published 11:25 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018

By Daniel Evans


LAGRANGE, GEORGIA — A Danville man on the run for kidnapping, robbery and auto theft charges might be in the LaGrange, Georgia area after the car he was last seen driving was found Wednesday morning in Troup County engulfed in flames.

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The LaGrange Police Department dispatched to a vehicle in flames in the woods at Jones Street Park located at the corner of Boatwright and Jones Street, according to a press release. A 1999 Mercury Villager with a Kentucky license plate was fully in flames. The LPD’s criminal investigation section began looking into the fire as a potential arson, according to a press release.

The driver of the vehicle was believed to be Kyle E. Smith, who allegedly kidnapped a female in Danville before 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office. The woman told the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office that she had just dropped her kids off at daycare, but Smith allegedly dragged her into a vehicle.

The LPD said the female jumped from the Mercury Villager as it was moving to escape Smith. She was taken to a Kentucky hospital for treatment of numerous injuries.

Smith is a 22-year-old male. He’s 6-foot-3 and weights 230 pounds.

The Boyle County Sheriff’s Office advised that Smith is armed and dangerous and may have ties to the LaGrange area.

Anyone with information are urged to contact 911, the LaGrange Police Department (706-883-2620), or Troup County Crime Stoppers (706-812-1000).