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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
October 20, 2016
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa Man Charged with Kidnapping

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Iowa -- On October 7, 2016 the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a 36 year-old female who was at the Dollar General Store in Sheffield, Iowa.  The female stated she had been beaten and kidnapped by a male subject.  This incident started in Meservey, Iowa and the victim was transported, by the male, to the Sheffield area.

The Sheffield Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.  The male subject left the area prior to their arrival.  The sheriff’s office conducted an investigation and filed a charge of Willful Injury (Class C Felony) against the subject, Charles Raymond Albright, age 41. They were unable to locate Albright following the incident.

The Franklin County Attorney requested assistance from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal investigation (DCI) on October 18, 2016. The DCI assisted with the investigation including additional interviews and search warrants and locating the suspect.

On October 19, 2016 investigators located Charles Albright at 11446 Killdeer Avenue, in rural Rockwell, Iowa. Albright was taken into custody without incident on the warrant for his Willful Injury charge.  He was transported to the Franklin County Jail in Hampton.  

The DCI has also charged Charles Albright with Kidnapping in the First Degree (Class A Felony). He is currently being held by Franklin County Jail on no bond.

Agencies that assisted in this joint investigation include Sheffield Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Mason City Police Department, Clear Lake Police Department, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Attorney’s Office, Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office Area Prosecutions Division.

No further information will be released due to this being an ongoing investigation and the impending trial on these charges.

Media Contact: Alex Murphy, Public Information Officer, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation - Iowa Department of Public Safety - Investigative Operations - (515) 443-3014 or

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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