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UPDATE: Woman taken from LaGrange County found alive

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Jennifer Lee Bitzel (Courtesy: LaGrange County Sheriff's Dept.) Jennifer Lee Bitzel (Courtesy: LaGrange County Sheriff's Dept.)
Steven Gail Gose (Courtesy: LaGrange County Sheriff's Dept.) Steven Gail Gose (Courtesy: LaGrange County Sheriff's Dept.)

Jennifer Lee Bitzel has been found alive.  The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says Bitzel was taken from a home in the 3000 block County Road South 600 East in LaGrange County Wednesday evening.

Police believe she was the victim of battery, then forcefully removed from the home, threatened with death and forced into a car. Police say Bitzel's two young children were left behind and Btizel has not been seen since.

Police say Bitzel was found in the early morning hours on Friday in Rome City, Indiana.  The man who police believe abducted her has not been found yet. 

Gose is wanted on multiple warrants, including Criminal Confinement, Domestic Battery, and Strangulation.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Steven Gail Gose is urged to contact the LaGrange County Sheriff's Department or 911. He should still be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by anyone other than law enforcement.

FOX28's Melanie Yuill spoke to witnesses at the home where the abduction happened.  They told her Jennifer Lee Bitzel and Steven Gail Gose showed up at their place unannounced Wednesday night.  Witnesses say the couple were fighting and that Gose hit and choked Bitzel.  According to the witnesses, as Gose forced Bitzel into a car he told them, "this will be the last time you see her."

The witnesses say they do know the couple, and they've been dating about five years.  Witnesses tell us the couple have fought in the past but quote, "nothing like this."

The witnesses say Bitzel's two young twin boys also witnessed all of this Wednesday night.  Police say the children are now with DCS.

Police say they're looking for a 2001 4-door Grand Prix with tinted windows and a sunroof and an Indiana plate number of 543AIB.

Gose is described as a white male with blue eyes and sandy brown hair standing about 5'10" and weighing 175 pounds. Police say Gose has several outstanding warrants for parole violations and should not be approached.

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