Woman, 89, carjacked, locked in trunk...

Woman, 89, carjacked, locked in trunk by teens for 2 days

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Neenah, WI

#1 Mar 21, 2013
Jiggy on Jiggy crime. No harm no foul.

" 89-year-old Margaret Smith of Lincoln, Delaware spoke exclusively to Action News Thursday night and says she is relieved to have survived the wildest ride of her life.

"I'm still shaking," Smith said.

According to police, Smith was at the Chicken Man Convenience Store in Milford, Delaware when she was approached by two girls, later identified as 14-year-old Junia McDonald and 15-year-old Jackeline Perez, who asked for a ride to a home in Lincoln. Smith kindly said yes.

When they arrived, police say the girls stole Smith's keys, forced her into the trunk and drove off. Police say the girls later demanded money from Smith, took $500 in cash from her coat pocket and left her locked in the trunk.

"They opened the door and shoved me in the trunk and locked it," Smith said.

Smith stayed locked in the trunk of her Buick for nearly 48 hours, according to police.

"I banged and banged and banged," Smith said.

And during the reckless car ride that felt more like a rollercoaster, Smith's frail body repeatedly banged against backseat.

She had no idea where she was headed.

"I heard them say something about Salisbury one time; they were just flying," she said.

"She hadn't eaten, she didn't have her medicine, and they proceeded to drive around with her in there," Smith's niece Doreen Hardell said.

Smith said the two girls threatened to kill her if she told anyone what happened.

After nearly two days, McDonald and Perez allegedly decided to ditch Smith and leave her barefoot and alone in a local cemetery on Calvary Road, east of Seaford.

She kept falling, so she crawled her way across the property, bruising her knees.

A groundskeeper found Smith wandering through the graves Wednesday morning.

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