Possible Aberdeen kidnapping victim found, confirmed safe

A man reported as a possible kidnapping victim Tuesday was located by family later that day, and Aberdeen Police were able to confirm overnight Wednesday that 36-year-old Sean Gordon Klatush was found and safe, according to Aberdeen Police Lt. C.J. Chastain.

Chastain said family members contacted Aberdeen Police overnight the day of the reported kidnapping to advise that Klatush was safe and back at the location of the original incident in the 100 block of South Lincoln Street.

“Officers responded to make personal contact, so they could verify he is safe, but he reportedly was no longer there,” said Chastain. Per department policy, until police were able to “place eyes on him, and confirm he was not the victim of foul play,” the efforts to locate him could not be officially cleared, according to Chastain. Police officers were finally able to personally contact Klatush overnight on Wednesday and confirm his safety.

The initial report was filed just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, when a family member came to the Aberdeen police station and said he witnessed Klatush being forced into a dark-colored SUV at the South Lincoln Street location. The family member indicated that Klatush tried to escape, but was pulled back into the vehicle, which was last seen heading northbound.