Lori Wagner at a 2004 office holiday party
WomanEscapes From $5 Million Man
Police say Lori Wagner broke off her friendship with Michael Diekhoff, and that's why he kidnapped her.
When he turned his back, Lori made her move for freedom. And now the felon who's already been convicted of attempted manslaughter and kidnapping is back behind bars, with bail set at $5 million.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
- Hair is light brown with blond highlights
Police say Diekhoff called his mother and admitted that he was with the "missing girl."
Police know that Lori Wagner was kidnapped from the parking lot of the NuWay Trucking Company where she works in Bloomington on January 6, 2005 at about 5:30 in the morning. That's when Lori's boss found Lori's cell phone in the snow next to her car.
Other Possible Locations:
- Lower 48 States
- Michael Diekhoff, Lori's alleged abductor is a trucker who is very familiar with the Federal Interstate system -- in particular, I-80.
Vehicle To Look For:
Police say Lori's alleged abductor, Michael Diekhoff, owns a black and silver 2001 Ford F150 Pickup Truck similar to this one. It is a Super Crew Cab with flare sides, a black cap and Indiana license plate 452755A.
But shortly before Lori's kidnapping, her coworkers remember seeing a newer-model Ford Winstar minivan sitting near the company parking lot. Coworkers say the minivan was brown on top and tan on the bottom, but no one got a license plate number. Police think Diekhoff may have been driving that vehicle.
Last updated January 8, 2005
Jan 08, 2005
Victim Breaks Free & Points Police to Kidnapper
Lori Wagner saw her kidnapper turn his back for just seconds. And that's all she needed for a corageous dash to freedom.
Police say Michael Diekhoff stopped at a Flying J Trucking Center in Sioux Falls, SD about 9:00 the morning of January 8, 2005. When Diekhoff got out of the vehicle to pump gas, police say his kidnapped passenger, Lori Wagner, quickly slid into the driver's seat and sped off onto Interstate 90. She stopped at the next exit and called 911. The Sioux Falls Police Department confirmed that Lori had been kidnapped two days earlier and immediately began hunting for Diekhoff.
Diekhoff Tries To Sneak Away
Witnesses spotted Diekhoff walking away from the truck stop where he was stranded. The Sioux Falls Police Department and South Dakota State Patrol used tracking dogs to follow Diekhoff into a nearby business that sells campers and trailers. With more than 100 trailers on the property, police and U.S. Marshals finally found Diekhoff hiding in one of the campers and arrested him without incident.
It turns out Lori's co-workers were right about the vehicle used in the kidnapping. They had spotted a suspicious minivan close to the company parking lot shortly before Lori was abducted. Police say Diekhoff used that rented minivan for the kidnapping. Lori told police her life was in danger and she had to stay with Diekhoff and follow his instructions in order to stay alive.