Jasper County Sheriff's Deputies, Highway Patrol Troopers and other officers spent Christmas morning searching rural Jasper County east of Carl Junction for suspects in the kidnapping of a Carthage woman.


Jasper County Sheriff's Deputies, Highway Patrol Troopers and other officers spent Christmas morning searching rural Jasper County east of Carl Junction for suspects in the kidnapping of a Carthage woman.
The Jasper County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called about 8:30 a.m. Monday about an 18-year-old woman who showed up at a residence at 8245 County Road 260, Webb City, asking for help.
According to a written release, the woman, from Carthage, said she was riding in a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, which she borrowed from a friend, with Morgan Boyer, 19; Mark Taylor, 22; and River Taylor, 23, all of Joplin.
“The female reported they were traveling down the road, when River and Mark Taylor physically assaulted her,” the Sheriff's Office said in a written release. “River Taylor aimed a pistol at her and threatened to shoot her. They stopped the vehicle on County Road 260, just north of the 8245 address, and shoved the female out of the vehicle, and took off, stealing the car.”
The Sheriff's office said the woman walked to the home, called for help, then directed deputies to a location on Hawthorn Road where the handgun had been thrown from the vehicle.
The gun, which was reported to have been stolen from a rural Carthage home, was found in a field on Hawthorn Road near Ironwood Lane.
While deputies were talking to the woman who said she had been kidnapped, a red pickup drove by. The woman said Morgan Boyer and River Taylor were in the truck, and deputies conducted a traffic stop, taking them in custody.
The driver of the truck said Mark Taylor had also been in the truck with them, but he jumped out after they had passed the deputies while it was still moving, fell on his face, then got up and ran.
The Sheriff's office said the 2005 Hyundai was located abandoned on a gravel lane at 26071 State Hwy 96. Mark Taylor was found hiding behind a building on that property and when he saw the deputies Mark attempted to run, but slipped and fell. Deputies took him into custody.   
Mark Taylor was transported to the Joplin Mercy Hospital to be checked out from the injuries he sustained from jumping out of the moving truck. Once he was cleared from the hospital he was transported to jail.
He faces charges of stealing, resisting arrest and kidnapping. He also had two active warrants for his arrest.
Morgan Boyer faces charges of stealing, resisting arrest and kidnapping.
River Taylor is charged with armed criminal action, stealing, resisting arrest and kidnapping.
All three are being held without bond in the Jasper County Jail in Carthage as of Tuesday.