— Three suspects ripped off an 85-year-old California woman, held her against her will in an abusive cross-country trip and then abandoned her in a 100-degree, broken-down cabin, Maine authorities say.
"She had been in the hot cabin for a number of days,” Lincoln County Sheriff's Detective Robert McFetridge said Wednesday. “She had food, but it was not edible. She had electricity, but the light bulb had burned out. She couldn't walk and she was dressed in a night shirt. We didn’t know who she was."
The victim, whose identity was not released, was taken to a hospital in Edgecomb, Maine, where she was listed in good condition Wednesday.
Police said the woman's ordeal spanned nearly three years and more than 3,000 miles.
"Every time I talk to her, she slowly comes out of her shell," McFetridge told msnbc.com. "They exploited her, isolated her from the world, they controlled what she saw, what she heard and who she talked to. This is a textbook case of elder abuse and financial exploitation.”
Police arrested twins Barbara and Nicholas Davis, 41, and their godson, Jonathan Stevens, 20, on Monday. Each face a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a dependent person. They were released on $10,000 bail and are due in court Sept. 29.
McFetridge described the victim as a painfully thin, intelligent and gentle. He said she suffered from severe hearing loss, if not profound. "I have to shout in her ear to talk to her," he said. She could barely see.
"She understands what is going on around her and can describe some of the events that led up to her being where she is," he said. "I'm trying hard to find out what happened to her."
Here's what he knows so far:
"We need to find out as much as possible so that we can find out where all her assets have gone," McFetridge said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Robert McFetridge at (207)-882-7332.