By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - In a story Jan. 10 about a fatal traffic accident, The Associated Press reported erroneously the disposition of a legal case of two of the people involved. Anita Harmon and Anthony Montwheeler were both convicted, but appealed their convictions and had them dismissed in October.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Kidnapped woman found dead at crash may have been stabbed

Ontario police say a woman who died in a head-on crash shortly after her reported abduction may have also been stabbed

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - A woman who died in a head-on crash following her reported abduction has been identified as an Idaho woman who had been married to the man suspected of kidnapping her.

Anita Harmon, 40, of Weiser, Idaho, died at the scene Monday after the Dodge pickup in which she was a passenger crossed a centerline on an Eastern Oregon highway and collided with an SUV, Oregon State Police said. The driver of the SUV, 38-year-old David Bates of Vale, Oregon, also died.

Police in Ontario, Oregon, were chasing the pickup after being alerted that a woman was being held against her will and had been stabbed. Ontario Police Chief Cal Kunz said it has yet to be determined if the woman died from stab wounds or the crash impact.

The suspect driving the Dodge, Anthony Montwheeler of Nampa, Idaho, survived with serious injuries.

Harmon’s car was found abandoned in the middle of a street in Weiser, 20 miles north of Ontario.

It was not immediately clear if Montwheeler and Harmon were separated or divorced.

The pair had co-owned a scrap-metal business based in Weiser. They were convicted of first-degree theft in 2012 after underpaying an elderly couple by more than $10,000.

Montwheeler was sentenced to two years in prison and his wife was sentenced to 16 months in prison. The two later successfully appealed the convictions and they were dismissed last October, court records show.

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