Family of LeeAnn Wilmoth releases statement of thankfulness with stern message to Eric Ruska

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At about 4:25 a.m. today, Michigan State Police found Eric Scott Ruska and LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth at the Shell (East) Gas Station in Munising. Upon observing Ruska's vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck, MSP troopers approached and made contact with both Ruska and Wilmoth.

 

Troopers determined Wilmoth was being held against her will. Ruska was placed under arrest and is currently being held and interviewed by MSP detectives.

 

Wilmoth is currently undergoing evaluation and treatment at U.P. Health System of Marquette. The investigation is ongoing.

 

LeeAnn's brother, Gerald Schneider, released the following statement to Local 3 News this afternoon:

 

First and foremost we would like to thank God for hearing the prayers of so many of LeeAnn's loved ones and bringing her home to us. We'd also like to thank Detectives Jay Peterson and Jeremy Hauswirth as well as every other law enforcement officer involved in locating our sister! There are no words to express how extremely grateful we are for your tireless efforts to locate LeeAnn. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the residents of the Upper Peninsula for searching along side us, we were truly humbled by the amount of strangers willing to saddle up and ride out in search of LeeAnn. Lastly, we'd like send a huge thank you to all of our friends and family across the nation. A lot of messages, phone calls, and emails went unanswered on our end, but believe me when I say, we felt your love and support! 

 

To Eric Ruska, while we understand you suffer from a sickness, you have taken something from your victims they will never get back, their innocence. While this may have changed our lives and LeeAnn's life forever, we are strong, she is stronger and we will rise! However, we will make it our mission that you never have the chance to harm another innocent woman again. 

 

To the media both social and local, thank you for spreading the word, LeeAnn's pictures, and helping us bring her home! We ask that you consider her recovery in the days to come and keep praying for her strength! 

 

LeeAnn is in good spirits right now and she is staying strong. We were able to get her smiling and laughing a little bit despite the situation at hand.

 

Thank you and God Bless

 
 

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