Missing 19-year-old college student found covered in coal dust in basement of man suspected of kidnapping her, police say

Madelyn allen seen leaving

Madelyn Allen was seen leaving her dorm at Snow College in Utah on December 13.Snow College

  • Madelyn Allen went missing on December 13 after traveling to see a man she met online, police said.

  • The police found her five days later covered in coal in a basement in Utah, court documents said.

  • Brent Brown, 39, was arrested on charges of kidnapping and rape, a local report said.

A missing Utah college student was found in the basement of a man now suspected of kidnapping and raping her, the police said, according to local reports.

The reports described court documents as saying that when the police found Madelyn Allen, a 19-year-old student at Snow College in Ephraim, she had no clothes and was covered in coal dust.

Allen was reported missing earlier this month after she didn’t return from a date with a man she met online, The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Sunday.

In a press conference on Sunday, Snow College Police Chief Derek Walk identified the man as Brent Brown, 39.

Brown has since been arrested on charges including kidnapping, rape, object rape, and obstruction of justice, the local news station KSL reported, citing a police affidavit.

The affidavit said that in interviews with the police, Brown said he met Allen in a bondage chat group, KSL reported.

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The Tribune reported that the affidavit said that after Brown picked up Allen on December 13, he took her wallet, made her get naked, and tied her up while he went to work.

When Brown discovered that the police were looking for Allen, he threw her phone away, the affidavit said, according to The Tribune.

The police said they managed to track Allen to a house in Loa on Saturday by using cell-tower data.

The affidavit said that officers searching near the house spotted someone who looked like Allen in the basement from outside, KSL reported.

The affidavit reportedly said that the man who answered the door claimed to be alone but that the officers found Allen naked in the basement covered in coal dust.

It said Allen told the police that Brown had raped her several times, KSL reported.

“We don’t have a lot of information about him,” Walk said of Brown on Sunday. “We met him for the first time last night, and we don’t know how extensive his relationship or her knowledge of him is, thus far.”

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