UPDATE | Details released about the suspects in pregnant teen abduction

Published: Sep. 23, 2018 at 12:08 PM EDT
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

(News 12 at 6 O’Clock / NBC 26 at 7)

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – Edward Akridge and Jennifer Pruitt were arrested in Lexington County late Sunday night after Kerrie Edgerly kidnapped from her Edgefield County home that morning.

Neighbors tell us Kerrie is still not back at the house at the end of a dirt driveway off Currytown Road. She's with her family, according to deputies.

We've been able to get our hands on the arrest warrant for the woman accused in this case. The court document fills in some of the holes to this story.

An arrest warrant for Jennifer Pruitt alleges Edward Akridge "initially kidnapped" pregnant teen, Kerrie, from a home in Edgefield County.

Edward Akridge has a criminal history in Greenville and Pickens County. Charges filed against him include burglary, aggravated assault and grand larceny ranging from 2009 to 2016.

Pruitt’s arrest warrant alleges she drove her car to help Akridge get Kerrie to Lexington County. While in the car, Akridge allegedly called Kerrie's mother and arranged to meet her in Lexington County to "make an exchange."

According to this warrant, that's when SLED agents found the two in Lake Murray, South Carolina.

Investigators also allege Pruitt had knowledge and admitted to knowing Kerrie Edgerley was the victim of a kidnapping.

Usually there’s a warrant for each defendant, but when News 12 called Edgefield County jail for the arrest warrant we were told we could not have it because all of this is still under investigation.

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

7:36 p.m.

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Lexington County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the suspects in Kerrie Edgerley's kidnapping.

25-year-old Edward Akridge and 21-year-old Jennifer Pruitt were arrested just before midnight Sunday night.


Jennifer Pruitt is charged with Accessory After the Fact of Kidnapping, while Akridge's charges have not yet been released.

According to an arrest warrant for Pruitt, she and Akridge used her vehicle to transport Kerrie to Lexington while speaking to Kerrie's mother on the phone.

The warrant says Akridge was on the phone with Kerrie's mother, arranging to meet the mother to make an exhange for Kerrie.

SLED agents were then able to locate and arrest Pruitt and Akridge.

(News 12 at 6 O’Clock / NBC 26 at 7)

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – 18-year-old mother-to-be Kerrie Edgerley is back home after what she calls the hardest thing she’s ever been through. Deputies say she was taken from the home she was staying in over the weekend.

Kerrie was found just before midnight Sunday night in Lexington County. She and her unborn baby are both safe and unharmed.

Decorated for Halloween, Kerrie’s home became the sett,ing of a real-life horror story on Sunday. Mabel Payne lives on the same street as the young woman.

"It's kind of a little bit scary," Payne told News 12 Monday.

Edgefield investigators says the 8-month-pregnant teen was taken from her home against her will and found during a traffic stop.

"At first it was like, there’s no way. She probably just left with them. But then the more you hear about it, it did happen."

Kerrie took to Facebook early Monday to address the incident and thank those who saved her.

The post reads: "I was taken at gun point AGAINST MY WILL & held there all day. I didn’t ever expect for the cops to get called, definitely never thought that they would be able to find me and possibly saved mine and my child’s life."

She went on to say "I am beyond grateful for each and every one of the SLED members who saved me."

Investigators with Edgefield County say the man and woman she was found with are in Lexington County's custody, but they haven’t been charged with anything yet. Investigators also haven't confirmed their names to us just yet.

"It's scary out here. I mean it's scary to think something like that happened here, because I have never heard of anything happening out here like that," Payne is worried after the crime.

Investigators say she was found unharmed and was not assaulted. Still, Kerrie tells us she owes her life to police.

We’re still learning more about this developing story as deputies continue their investigation. SLED is assisting Edgefield County in the case.

9:22 a.m.

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Edgefield County deputies say a pregnant woman who went missing after a reported invasion has been found and is okay.

Deputies say two people are in custody in Lexington County in connection.

This is developing story.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Around 9:30 a.m. the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office says a home invasion happened at a house on Ryan Ranch Court, in North Augusta.

They say two white males reportedly entered the residence, demanding money from the homeowner.

The Sheriff's Office said the males then left, taking with them a white 18-year-old female from the home. They say her name Kerrie Edgerly. She is 5 feet 2 inches, approximately 140 pounds, blonde hair and blue eyes.

They say she is also 36 weeks pregnant. The Sheriff's Office believes she is in danger. They're asking that if anyone has any information on her whereabouts please contact the sheriffs Office at 803-637-5337. The sheriffs office along with SLED are actively working the case at this time.