Missing woman from Louisa found safe

Lori Faulls
Lori Faulls
Thomas Faulls
Thomas Faulls

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - A local mom, feared in serious danger, was found safe. Her ex-husband is now in custody.

Deputies say Lori Faulls was abducted by her ex-husband, Thomas Faulls, but managed to escape.

Lori and Thomas went missing Wednesday afternoon and was found late Thursday in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Thomas was found just two blocks away and taken into custody, according to deputies. Investigators are still working to figure out all the details, but they say they were very worried about Lori's safety.

Investigators spent the afternoon scouring Thomas' Mineral home and garage, desperate to find clues of where he and his ex-wife might be.

"We know that he does have a handgun and that makes him armed. And his frame of mind at this point given the circumstances and the events leading up to this, we would consider him dangerous," said Major Donald Lowe with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say Lori was supposed to drive from Williamsburg to Louisa County Wednesday, to take Thomas to pick up his truck in Thornburg.

During the investigation, investigators were never able to confirm Thomas' truck was ever at a shop in the first place.

After getting to Louisa, no one heard from Lori, until the Greenbriar Sheriff's Office found her in West Virginia.

"We couldn't find her or him or his truck and the phones," Lowe explained.

They say there were no signs of violence inside her home.

"Given the circumstances of this case and then the history and then saw it continuing it doesn't indicate that it's a positive disappearance," he said.

Police say they wanted to find Lori fast, because Thomas has an extensive history of violence.

Last week, police say he demanded money from his daughter at gunpoint and assaulted her and that say Lori had a protective order against Thomas, until it lapsed this week.

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