However, the victim was not heard from again until she was found at the motel in Weedsport the morning of Dec. 7 bound in duct tape in a room at the Best Western Motel on Re. 31 in the Village of Weedsport and freed by a local police officer. Suffering from a head wound, she was transported to a local hospital, treated and released, authorities said.
Sheriff Gould said that in the meantime, she had been reported missing to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Suspect Arnold Fox, thought to be a transient, has been known to live and work on farms in the Adirondack area as well as in South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Fox was charged Saturday with felony counts of wire fraud and interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle, according to records of U.S. District Court in Syracuse.
Apparently Fox, who had been on the run nearly a week, was apprehended after he accessed the Facebook website. Authorities subpoenaed Facebook to determine where Fox was located when he accessed the website, and they looked in the vicinity of First Avenue, Miami.
Fox was arrested in the gas station as he attempted to get into the victim's stolen vehicle, according to the FBI.
As of Monday, Fox was in a Florida jail awaiting extradition to New York.
According to the court documents, the victim identified Fox easily in a photographic lineup.
Warren County Undersheriff Robert Swan said this week that his agency had arrested Fox in May 2008 as a fugitive from justice, and they apprehended him where he worked at Thousand Acres Ranch in Stony Creek.
Swan said he recalled that Fox was living in Adirondack in a bed and breakfast at that time.
He was arraigned in Warrensburg Town Court on May 29 2008 and sent back to South Carolina to face felony larceny charges.
Authorities say Fox has communicated with at least two other females online using what appears to be the same ruse but had not met with them in person.
Five law enforcement agencies, including the Warren County Sheriff's Office, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and state Police in Wilton.
Authorities want to interview any persons who conversed with Fox online or responded to any online add posted by him or "Fox Farms." Those with information are asked to call the Warren County Sheriff's Department at 743-2500.