Dyersburg woman held captive in closet for 2 months, police say

Brenton Bell
Brenton Bell(Action News 5)
Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 4:53 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 14, 2023 at 6:51 AM CDT
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DYERSBURG, Tenn. (WMC) - Police in Dyersburg say a woman was held captive in a closet for weeks.

Brenton Bell, 30, was identified as the suspect. He had been in a relationship with the victim before it turned abusive, police say.

Officers were called to a home on Schaffer Street on Saturday afternoon.

Officers were told that a man working in the area was approached by a woman who told him she had been kidnapped weeks earlier and just escaped.

Officers found the woman hiding inside a home under construction in the area. She had facial cuts and weighed less than 100 pounds, police report.

The woman said she was forced to stay in a locked closet for two months and was only allowed out for one hour each day. She was given limited food and no bathroom to use.

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