Salem Sabatka, a 10-year-old girl from the Fort Worth, TX area was abducted and miraculously found 8 hours later by the pastor of Bear Creek Bible Church and family friend, Jeff King.
Young Salem was trapped in a hotel room with her perpetrator, 51-year-old Michael Webb, for nearly 8 hours.
The young girl and her mother were simply walking down the street in their neighborhood when Webb pulled up in a car, pushed the child into the car and forced the mother to the ground. Neighborhood surveillance caught the car pulling away and the mother running down the street calling 911.
When Jeff King, local pastor and friend of the family heard the news, he and a friend from the church hit the streets and started walking and driving around trying to locate the car Salem was pulled into.
‘I was sitting at home with my wife when a friend texted and said that our friends’ daughter had been kidnapped. All I could think is what are we going to do to help?’ King reported to NBC DFW.
They searched until after midnight when they heard from somebody to check out a hotel in the area. They went to the first hotel but saw nothing. They were about to call it a night when they suddenly felt drawn to a nearby hotel, Wood Springs Suites. They searched the lot and found a car that fit the description.
They called the police and it was within minutes that they were able to locate and rescue Salem from the hotel. A family miracle, to be sure!
A testament to the Holy Spirit
“God literally led us to this place. It was not on my itinerary, I was not trying to go there, we just drove by. It was divine intervention, 100 percent,” said King.
In the police interview with the press, Officer Buddy Calzada who was on the case told the story, “Two local church members who saw what we put out on social media and just went out looking around”
Betsy Price, mayor of Fort Worth, TX said, “This is truly a time where prayers have been answered”
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