- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - The Latest on the head-on crash involving a kidnapped woman in Ontario, Oregon (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

A woman who died in a head-on collision in Eastern Oregon following her reported abduction has been identified as 40-year-old Anita Harmon of Weiser, Idaho.

She had been married to the man suspected of kidnapping her, 49-year-old Anthony Montwheeler of Nampa, Idaho. It was not immediately known if they were separated or divorced.

Oregon State Police say officers were chasing Montwheeler on Monday when his Dodge pickup crossed a centerline and collided with a SUV. Harmon and the SUV driver, 38-year-old David Bates of Vale, died at the scene.

Montwheeler was seriously injured. He has yet to be charged with a crime, but the Malheur County district attorney says he plans to present the case to a grand jury.


12:40 p.m.

Authorities say a woman who died in a head-on crash following her reported abduction may have also been stabbed.

Ontario police say a kidnapping suspect fled from a convenience store Monday in a Dodge pickup. A caller said a woman in the pickup was being kidnapped and stabbed.

During the ensuing police chase, the pickup collided with an SUV, killing the woman and the SUV driver.

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

Ontario Police Chief Cal Kunz says Montwheeler knew the kidnapped woman, but declined to say how. The woman’s car was found abandoned in the middle of a street in Weiser, Idaho.

Montwheeler was convicted of theft in 2012 and sentenced to two years in prison. The Oregonian reported at the time (https://is.gd/66zAb4) that he owned a scrap-metal company and underpaid an elderly couple by more than $10,000.

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