UPDATE: 7:52 P.M. EST:
Bethany Arceneaux has been released from Lafayette General Medical Center and is now in the care of her family, reports ABC News.
At the time that she was admitted to the hospital Friday afternoon, Arceneaux told investigators that she had not eaten or had anything to drink since she was abducted by her ex-boyfriend — and father of her child — on Wednesday.
The abandoned house where Arceneaux was being held hostage was hidden behind sugarcane as tall as “eight feet,” said Judice, and the field was a ” brutal search area.”
Only the house’s roof was visible from the road, and the police failed to find Arceneaux on Wednesday and Thursday, even though they searched the same area as her family who refused to give up the search.
UPDATE: 3:45 P.M. EST:
Scott Thomas, Bethany Arceneaux’s ex-boyfriend who abducted her and attempted to kill her, was killed by her cousin. Though the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s department has not released his name, reports identify him as Marcelus Arceneaux.
According to CNN, “Police and bloodhounds had searched the area without success on Thursday. On Friday morning, police were met by about 20 relatives — including uncles, brothers and cousins — who had organized their own search party,” Sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice said.
The sheriff’s department determined that the cousin acted within a state law that allows deadly force to be used to prevent great bodily harm or death, Judice said. He is not expected to face charges, but the case will be reviewed by the district attorney.