2 from Kentucky arrested in Van Zandt County kidnapping case

2 from Kentucky arrested in Van Zandt County kidnapping case
Kenneth Odum and Ashley Mills (Source: Kenneth Odum and Ashley Mills Hardin County Jail, Kentucky)

ELIZABETHTOWN, Kentucky (KLTV) - The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two more suspects accused in the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl.

District Attorney Tonda Curry confirmed Kenneth Dewayne Odum, 46, and Ashley Erin Mills, 39, both of Clarkson, Kentucky, have been arrested on Van Zandt County charges.

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office released a statement to its Facebook page Thursday:

“As the investigation has continued over the last month it became apparent that these two suspects provided material support and had plans in place to assist the suspects holding the juvenile in further avoiding law enforcement and preventing the rescue of the victim.”

Austen Lyn Walker, 21, of Tatum, and Courtney Michelle Odum, 21, of Tyler, were arrested in May. They are accused of kidnapping a girl, which caused an Amber Alert.

Austen Walker new booking photo early Friday morning
Austen Walker new booking photo early Friday morning (Source: Oldham County Detention Center)

Walker was arrested in Kentucky and Courtney Odum was arrested in Scott County, Missouri.

Courtney Odum (Source: Van Zandt County Jail)
Courtney Odum (Source: Van Zandt County Jail) (Source: Van Zandt County Jail)

Walker faces a federal charge and Odum has been extradited to Van Zandt County, where she faces a charge of kidnapping.

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