Accused rapist remains on run, victim's family seeks help - KCTV5 News

Accused rapist remains on run, victim's family seeks help

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The family of a woman who allegedly was raped and later kidnapped by her former boyfriend is asking for the public help in locating him.

Brian James Adkison, 23, broke out of the Caldwell County jail earlier this month where he was being held on a variety of charges in five counties, including rape and kidnapping. He was booked into jail after being on the run in the area of the Lake of the Ozarks for a number of days while he was a wanted man, authorities said.

Adkison allegedly broke into his former girlfriend's Columbia home in May and raped her. He made bond and was released. In June, he allegedly kidnapped the woman while she was walking her dog near her family home in Hamilton.

Authorities say he hurt and terrorized the woman before releasing her at a hospital in Boone County. The woman and her family had a sigh of relief when Adkison was taken into custody after an alleged crime spree in the lake area.

But he escaped two weeks ago by breaking through the jail's ceiling, authorities said.

John and Lana Crawford are the victim's parents. On Friday, they asked for the public's help in locating Adkison.

"We do not blame law enforcement," Lana Crawford said. "That was not their wish. They're as frustrated and anxious to apprehend him as we are."

John Crawford said he believes Adkison could be hiding out in hunting cabins or vacation homes not being used by their owners.

"There are only so many law enforcement (officers) out there, but there are a lot of eyes and ears every day, and we hope that someone will see him."

Authorities say Adkison stole from Kingston a white 2000 Ford F350 dual pickup truck with MO plate 44A0WT.

His daughter remains in college and is recovering from her ordeal. The Crawfords say they are trying to keep their daughter safe.

The Crawfords said Adkison has changed over the years and is now considered very dangerous by authorities.

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