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$1M bond for man accused of holding neighbor captive

Dennis Dunn appeared in Clinton County Municipal Court Thursday via video from the Clinton County Jail. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Woeste) Dennis Dunn appeared in Clinton County Municipal Court Thursday via video from the Clinton County Jail. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Woeste)
Dennis Dunn (Provided by the Clinton County Jail) Dennis Dunn (Provided by the Clinton County Jail)
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WILMINGTON, OH (FOX19) -

Bond was set at $1 million Thursday for the man accused of holding his neighbor captive in a backyard pit.

Dennis Dunn, 45, briefly appeared in Clinton County Municipal Court on a kidnapping charge via video from the county jail.

He is scheduled to return to court May 3 for a preliminary hearing.

Dunn, who has a history of mental health issues and was just arrested earlier this month on unrelated charges,was taken into custody early Wednesday.

Neighbor: Kidnapping suspect was a 'keep to himself type'

Blanchester police responded to his neighborhood twice.

They went to Central Avenue when a woman reported her daughter, Jennifer Elliott, missing from her home about 1:30 a.m., according to Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.

Police returned to the street about 4 a.m.

A neighbor called to report hearing cries from a backyard shed.

The first officer who arrived also heard the cries, which led him to the shed.

That's where the officer found Elliott, 30, trapped down a pit that had been dug at the bottom of the structure, according to the chief.

The pit was three-and-a-half feet deep and two feet wide. 

A wooden board covered the pit.

Heavy objects had been placed on top of the board to hold it down.

Police said it would have been impossible for Elliott to escape. They said she was unable to speak and appeared to be suffering a seizure when she was rescued.

Reinbolt said Elliott showed no signs of physical trauma. 

Dunn had a history with her, according to police.

Elliott would help him out by going to his house to wash his clothes, neighbors said. They expressed concerns he may have assumed he got the wrong idea, thinking she liked him.

In October she reported receiving harassing telephone calls and text messages from Dunn, but authorities said she decided not to prosecute.

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