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Three Arrested For Kidnapping and Other Charges In Klamath County
by Oregon State Media, Inc.
  Tuesday February 23, 2016 - 4:36 PM
 
On February 22, 2016, detectives with the Oregon State Police arrested Florence Marie RALEY, age 56, Melissa Ann SHANHOLTZER, age 24 and John Sterling MARTIN, age 29 (all of Klamath Falls) in relation to abuse and mistreatment of an adult female victim. The victim was related by marriage to RALEY and lived with the three suspects. 

The investigation began when the victim arrived at the State Hospital in Salem where she been committed by court order. The victim arrived at the State Hospital with severe injuries. She was immediately transported to Salem Hospital where she was admitted in critical condition. 

The victim disclosed to detectives from the Oregon State Police Salem Area Command that she had been bound, beaten, forced fed and sexually assaulted while in the care of RALEY, SHANHOLTZER and MARTIN. 

An investigation ensued which led to the following arrests: 

Florence Marie Raley was lodged at Klamath County Jail on the following charges: 
Kidnapping 1 
Assault 2 
Unlawful Sexual Penetration 1 
Criminal Mistreatment 1 
Tampering with a Witness 
Conspiracy to commit Assault 2 
Conspiracy to commit Kidnapping 1 
Coercion 

Melissa Ann Shanholtzer was lodged at the Klamath County Jail on the following charges: 
Kidnapping 1 
Assault 2 
Criminal Mistreatment 1 
Conspiracy to commit Kidnapping 1 
Conspiracy to commit Criminal Mistreatment 1 

John Sterling Martin was lodged at the Klamath County Jail on the following charges: 
Assault 2 
Assault 3 
Assault 4 
Conspiracy to commit Assault 2 
Kidnapping 1 
Conspiracy to commit Kidnapping 1 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.