Investigation Into A Grady County Woman's Disappearance

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By: Emily Johnson
July 24, 2014

Grady County, GA - A phone call Sherry Osborn received Wednesday night hundreds of miles away shook her to the core. On the other end of the line was police in Illinois. They told Osborn her daughter 19-year-old Courtney Godwin was kidnapped by her 23-year-old boyfriend Sonny Pilgrim.

"My stepdad said she was crying hysterically, she did not want to go, Sonny did pull a knife on her and on Carl," said Osborn.

The two were visiting Godwin's family in Eldorado, Illinois when relatives say Pilgrim took Godwin from her grandparents home.

"Law enforcement there called me and said she was involved in an incident. Hours later they told me she was kidnapped at knifepoint against her will," said Osborn.

Authorities said Pilgrim then stole the grandparents Chevy Equinox Wednesday night and fled. At approximately 10:00 Thursday morning Missouri Highway Patrol arrested Pilgrim after catching him allegedly trying to sell that stolen SUV at a truck stop. We were with Godwin's mother when she found out that Pilgrim was caught.

"Oh that is wonderful, I'm just hoping Courtney is ok she is my only concern. Sonny has is own family, they're here locally he can deal with them but I haven't been able to get in touch with his family. I have tried to do so and have not been successful at all. I'm just praying for her safety I need to know she's ok," said Osborn.

Osborn said she's hoping her daughter can move on from this incident.

"It's still not real to me until my momma puts eyes on her and they make a phone call to me and tell me. I just need to hear her voice that's all I want to hear," said Osborn.

The Eldorado Police and MHP have different theories about what really happened. One said she was kidnapped and the other said she went with her boyfriend freely. Eldorado Police were on there way to Missouri Thursday afternoon to question Godwin.

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