Missing Timaru woman Nicole Brown found

Nicole Brown was last seen in the vicinity of Ayr St.
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Nicole Brown was last seen in the vicinity of Ayr St.

The Timaru woman who was allegedly kidnapped on Wednesday has been found safe.

Nicole Brown, also known as Nicole Smith, was last seen in her maroon and silver Toyota Hiace van about 5am in the vicinity of Ayr St.

A witness says she saw Brown walk to the van when she was pushed inside by a man. 

Brown's maroon van was last seen on Ayr St.
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Brown's maroon van was last seen on Ayr St.

The witness says despite trying to help, she was pushed away and the van had driven off.

A police spokesman said a member of the public had found Brown just after 5am on Thursday on a rural road, 20km west of Timaru.

She was taken to the Timaru police station and was receiving support.

Police had also been searching for George Smith, 35, who they warned may be armed.

About two hours after Brown was found, a 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with kidnapping for breach of a protection order, police said.

Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney said he was pleased the case had been resolved.

Our investigation will continue into the exact circumstances of the incident," he said.

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