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Police: Kidnapped woman found 2 weeks later 100 miles from home

By Divina Mims, CNN
  • Victim was reported missing by family after her home and car were set on fire, said officials
  • Witness accounts helped lead police to suspect, according to a statement
  • Victim was "repeatedly assaulted" during 13 days of captivity, officials said
  • Jeffrey Allan Maxwell could get life sentence for kidnapping, according to local district attorney

(CNN) -- A Texas woman who mysteriously disappeared more than two weeks ago after her home and vehicle were destroyed by fire has been found, sheriff's officials said Monday.

The family of the 62-year-old victim reported her missing on March 3, the day her property was set ablaze in rural Parker County west of Fort Worth, Texas, said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.

She was found 13 days later about 100 miles southeast of where she disappeared at the Corsicana, Texas home of Jeffrey Allan Maxwell, a man who "previously lived in the area near" the victim, a statement from the sheriff's office said.

The woman was "bound, restrained, and repeatedly assaulted," after being forced from her home at gunpoint, according to the sheriff's investigators and Texas Rangers, who collected evidence, including several restraints from Maxwell's home.

Officials say a blue compact car witnesses reported seeing outside the woman's home the day she went missing led to an extensive investigation and eventually the arrest of Maxwell, 58.

"This is a horrendous case," said Fowler. "We are extremely happy to find" the victim, he said, adding "she is getting the treatment necessary to overcome a horrific ordeal."

The woman was treated for multiple injuries at a nearby hospital before being released into protective custody, according to officials.

Maxwell, who is currently being held in the Navarro County jail in Corsicana without bond, will be transferred to Parker County to face aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault charges, said investigators.

According to Parker County District Attorney Jeff Swain, if convicted, Maxwell could face five to 99 years in prison or life, as well as a fine up to $10,000.

CNN does not identify the victims of sexual assault.