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CAPTURED: State Police have Josh Taylor in custody

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Josh Taylor was captured at 4:45 p.m. in Pleasants County. He is accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Gabriela Messer. Josh Taylor was captured at 4:45 p.m. in Pleasants County. He is accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Gabriela Messer.
OAK HILL -
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State Police have announced that Josh Taylor, the Collins Middle School teacher wanted on kidnapping charges, is now in custody.  The announcement was made just before 5 p.m. 

Talyor was found in the St. Mary's area.  State Troopers said that he was spotted walking down a street and was picked up by Troopers and deputies.  Taylor was arraigned in Pleasants County.

Troopers with the West Virginia State Police are looking for a man who allegedly kidnapped an Oak Hill teen.

Joshua Taylor, 30, of Weirton is wanted on felony kidnapping charges.  He was a gym teacher at Collins Middle School in Fayette County for two years.  At a news conference in Oak Hill on Monday, Jan. 20, Troopers said that Taylor met 13-year-old Gabriela Messer behind her house on Saturday night.  That sparked a missing person report.

Gabby Messer was found and returned to her family 22 hours later.  During a news conference, Troopers said she showed back up at a friend's house at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, but contacted her family at 4 p.m.  Troopers said Taylor took Messer to a friend of his' house in Beckley during the time that she was declared missing.

Law Enforcement officers are still looking for Taylor.  State Troopers said that his truck was spotted in the St. Mary's area near Parkersburg on Sunday evening.  Taylor is 5-feet 10-inches tall and 205 pounds.  He has brown hair. 

Troopers said more charges could be filed in the case.  Anyone with information on Taylor is asked to contact their local State Police detachment.