RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) – An investigation is unfolding in Russell County as Sheriff Heath Taylor confirms his investigators are canvassing the area for a woman who may have been harmed during a suspected kidnapping case out of Columbus, Georgia.

Sheriff Heath Taylor tells News 3 the case began Monday morning in Columbus, Georgia, with a reported assault of a couple and the alleged kidnapping of a woman. Russell County investigators were notified a vehicle involved in the case might be in the Russell County area. Investigators were canvassing the area when they noticed a suspicious vehicle along Porter Road early Monday morning. When investigators went to make contact with the vehicle, it took off, and a chase ensued.

Investigators searching Porter Road Monday morning

“The chase lasted until the vehicle crashed in Wetumpka, Alabama. The individuals involved were taken into custody. Further investigation revealed a possibility the woman who was allegedly abducted from Columbus, Georgia, may have been harmed in the area of Porter Road. Our investigators spent hours looking in the area and have not found her. Our search is now moving to another area of the county,” said Taylor.

Sheriff Taylor says investigators believe all the individuals involved in the suspected assault and kidnapping are in custody. Now investigators are working to locate the missing woman.

Taylor says the investigation is in its early stages, and the situation is developing rapidly. As soon as he can, he will release the woman’s name and description to the public.

Sheriff Heath Taylor anticipates holding a news conference later on Monday. Stay with News 3 as this story continues to develop.