BEATTY, Nevada — A mother of four who disappeared in Upstate New York with a man she met on Facebook was found alive after escaping from a Nevada motel where she had been chained to a chair following a terrifying two-month ordeal of abuse, police said.
Mary Bartholomew, 25, was last seen on Aug. 25 in Cortland, New York before going to meet Jon Turner, 23, a man she had recently met online.
After she failed to turn up for work at a local diner and didn’t return home to her four young kids, her family feared the worse and reported her missing. For the next two months, Bartholomew didn’t post anything on social media and her phone was found in her room.
When her car turned up in the Bear Bear Lake area of California, her mother said she feared her daughter was dead.
Police say Turner forced Bartholomew to leave the state after threatening to kill her, beginning a cross-country odyssey of terror that ended in a Nevada town of Beatty near Death Valley.
On Nov. 2, the Nye County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting that a woman had been badly beaten at an area motel. When they arrived at the scene, they found Bartholomew who reported that Turner had choked and beaten her into unconsciousness and left her passed out on the street.
When she came to, she said Turner dragger her back to their motel room and handcuffed her to a chair and continued to beat her with a hatchet, cops said.
Eventually she managed to free herself and went to the motel office to ask for help, police said. She later told cops that Turner had repeatedly sexually assaulted her during the two weeks they spent in the Beatty motel.
Turner was arrested nearby and has been charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, false imprisonment and assault and battery and was held on $275,000 bond.