Missing Woman Found, Man Arrested by FBI

Missing Woman Found, Man Arrested by FBI

CALUMET CITY - A woman who went missing Saturday night has been found safe.

Kayla Stratton was found after a joint investigation by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, LaSalle Co. Sheriff's Office, Cook Co. Sheriff's Office Fugitive Unit and the Streator Police.

Clarence Merritte was arrested by the FBI in Calumet City.

There were several warrants for his arrest, including unlawful restraint, aggravated assault, driving with a revoked license and domestic battery.

Stratton was driving with her 11-month-old baby last weekend when they were run off the road.

Investigators identified Merritte as a suspect and later found his vehicle abandoned.

The child was later found outside a separate residence.

Correction: A previous version of this story erroneously stated the child was found in the abandoned vehicle.


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