(MILFORD, Del.) — An 89-year-old woman who spent two days locked in her car trunk thinking she’d never be found has a message for her teen captors.
“You got to be kind to other people if you want somebody to be kind to you,” Margaret Smith said.
The 4-foot-11 octangenerian’s story began with an act of kindness on March 18.
Smith had stopped at the Chicken Man Convenience Store in Milford, DelAWARE for a Butter Pecan ice cream cone when two teenage girls approached her and asked for a ride across town.
“I decided not to, then I said, ‘Well, a good deed,'” Smith said.
After driving around for a while, Smith said the girls snatched her car keys and stuffed her in the trunk of her Buick.
“The way they drove off flying, I didn’t think nobody would ever find me,” she said. “I just had to pray about and hope that I’d be found.”
Smith spent the next two days crammed in the trunk, without food, water and her blood pressure medication. She said the only time the girls opened the trunk was to rob her of the cash she was carrying.
“I was very tired, cold, hungry, scared,” Smith said. “I didn’t know what to expect.”
After spending 48 hours locked in her trunk, Smith’s kidnappers inexplicably decided to dump her in a remote cemetery.
“I was crawling through the cemetery on hands and knees,” Smith said. “Nothing but a pair of stockings on, no jacket…Finally somebody found me. I don’t know who.”
Smith was taken to a local hospital, where her family, who had reported her missing, received a call that she was safe.
Delaware State Police found Smith’s car days later and arrested and charged five teenagers inside. All are believed to have some involvement in the kidnapping, robbery and theft, ABC News’ Philadelphia affiliate WPVI reported.
Four of the teens, ranging in age from 14 to 17, are being charged as adults, while a fifth faces receiving stolen property and conspiracy charges as a minor.
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