HOUSTON—A Houston woman’s courageous decision helped save her from her captor – her own husband, police said.
Elizabeth Silva, who also goes by the last name Ogden, was reportedly kidnapped by her husband and held captive for days.
Investigators didn’t realize her life was potentially in grave danger until a cry for help came at an Exxon in north Houston.
According to the preliminary investigation, Elizabeth Silva slipped a clerk a note inside the store on the North Freeway near Tidwell. The note reportedly asked for help.
Houston police held a news conference later on Wednesday, releasing pictures and asking for the public’s help.
“This is an individual who’s been arrested a number of times. There has been domestic violence in the past. That’s certainly been a concern of ours,” explained Investigator C.P Abbey with the Houston Police Department.
Elizabeth Silva and her husband Rene Silva were soon located unharmed at a north Houston motel.
Silva had just been released from jail 10 days prior for a DWI charge and for violating a protective order his wife had filed.
“There’s some abusers that if you put a protective order in front of them, that’s enough for them. There’s some, they’re not going to care about that. They’re going to do whatever it takes to hurt the victim,” explained Frida Villalovos the with Houston Area Women’s Center.
Villalovos said Elizabeth Silva is lucky to be alive. She says many cases don’t end this way.
Villalovos said the most dangerous time for a domestic violence victim is when they decide to leave.
“That is when the violence escalates. That’s when the abuser loses control (and) is going to threaten to do whatever it takes to get them back,” Villalovos said.
Investigators were still questioning the woman’s husband Rene Silva as of Wednesday night.