Natalie Birley manages to calm the man by congratulating him on the many orchids that grow in his home. Police said on Saturday, confirming press reports.
A professional athlete Natalie Birley, 27, was hit by a car on Tuesday and broke her hand as she fell to the ground near Graz in southeast Austria. The driver then knocked it off with a piece of wood and brought it to his isolated home.
"When I came into consciousness, I was naked and tied up in an old chair," Birley told Cronen Zeitung newspaper. 19659004] The man forced her to drink alcohol and tried to choke her and drown her in a bath full of cold water, Birley said. Although he was initially "hateful," the man suddenly became "pleasant to me" and trusted that gardening was his passion before opening for his troubled childhood, she said.
Police use the GPS record to find the man and arrest him in his home, they say.
Police are trying to determine if a 33-year-old man suffering from mental problems has been involved in previous kidnappings.
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