911 operator saves rape victim after returning suspicious call

Diane Waldroop

OAK HARBOR (WACH/WZTV) -- A 911 operator in Oak Harbor, Washington saves the day by returning a suspicious phone call.

When Diane Waldroop got a call, there was no answer at the other end. "There was nothing it was just dead air and that will happen sometimes," she said.

When she called the number back, a male answered the phone.

"Hello?" replied a man on the other end of the line. "Hi this is 911 we just got a call from this number is there an emergency there?" she pressed. "Oh no we're ok," replied the man while a woman could be heard screaming in the background. "Then the line disconnected. It was just the way that he was answering me made me feel like it wasn't genuine," Diane remembered.

She traced the address and sent officers to Moran Road on Whidbey Island. According to court documents, when police arrived they found a woman, covered in feces. The same woman Diane heard yelling for help.

She told police, a man she knew had held her captive for 5 days, brutally raping her. Police arrested him, while he was hiding in the woods nearby.

"I played a very large role in her life in just answering a phone," she explained.

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