UPDATE: EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office rescued a Honduran woman who had been held for ransom for over a month at a home in Anthony, New Mexico, Sheriff Kim Stewart told KTSM.

Deputies were acting on a tip from the woman’s sister in Maryland, who told investigators that an unknown man threatened to kill her sister if she didn’t pay him $1,000.

The woman in Maryland gave deputies a pin location she received from texting with her sister. The pin location led deputies to a mobile home park at 25 Warthen Road, which is just off of Interstate 10.

The woman said her sister told her that people were often coming and going from the residence, Stewart said.

Stewart said deputies secured a warrant to check the home.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, deputies surrounded the property at about 7:30 Wednesday morning and “began announcements.”

About 45 minutes later, deputies said, the woman walked out of one of the mobile homes.

Investigators interviewed the woman at a substation, where she said that five other Honduran nationals had been held against their will but had been released two days prior.

She told investigators that she had been convinced that she owed the owner of the home money.

The sheriff’s office is waiting to secure a warrant for a separate residence, and they believe the homes are being used as part of a human smuggling ring.

Stewart said Wednesday morning that deputies had detained a man who was being uncooperative, but later confirmed that had been let go.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations is assisting with the investigation.

This is a developing story and we will update with more information as soon as it becomes available.

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office has made contact with a woman they believe is being held against her will at a home in Anthony, New Mexico.

Deputies were called to check the well-being of the woman on Warthen Road, which is just off of Interstate 10.

Sheriff Kim Stewart told KTSM that the deputies’ response raised additional concerns, and investigators believe others could be held captive at the home.

Stewart said her office is awaiting a warrant to check the home, at which point federal investigators with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations could take over the investigation.

Stewart said the woman appears to have no ties to the area, but would only say that she likely is not a resident of Doña Ana County.

Law enforcement officers are expected to be in the area for several hours.

This is a developing story and we will update with more information as soon as it becomes available.

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