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Cobb Police Search for Kidnapped Mableton Man

SMYRNA, GA -- The Cobb County Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit continues to investigate a kidnapping that occured near El Patron Mexican Restaurant (2074 South Cobb Drive SE, Smyrna, 30060).

On Sunday, Oct. 3, 35-year-old Rafael Ortega Duarte of Mableton and a female companion were kidnapped by a group of males in a parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, according to investigators. Duarte's black 2004 Cadillac Escalade was also taken. The female companion was dropped off in the City of Marietta and located in good health by officers.

Later that afternoon, Duarte's vehicle was located in Cherokee County with signs of violence in the vehicle. Duarte has not been located; it is believed that he met with foul play.

Duarte is described as 5'5" and 200 pounds.