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Mike Nowatzki, Published February 25 2008

Cell phone call helps dispatchers track down abduction victim

FARGO - Police dispatchers used clues during a stealthy 911 call to track down a man and his victim during an alleged abduction attempt Sunday, police Sgt. Jeff Skuza said.

Dispatchers received the 911 call at 9:34 p.m. Sunday. No one was on the other end of the line, but dispatchers could hear background noise that led them to believe it was a kidnapping, Skuza said.

Dispatchers heard the woman making references to landmarks and worked with police officers to locate the vehicle.

About 15 minutes after the call, police spotted the vehicle at the Wild Rice exit on Interstate 29. Officers stopped the vehicle on I-29 just south of 32nd Avenue South, Skuza said.

Terry Higdem, 27, of Fargo, was arrested without incident on suspicion of terrorizing. He was being held in the Cass County Jail.

The 911 call was still connected when police pulled over the vehicle, Skuza said. The driver, an ex-girlfriend of Hidgem’s, told police she was the person who called 911.

Skuza said the victim was smart to dial 911, and dispatchers and officers did a good job of figuring out the vehicle’s location by listening to clues during the call.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528