Hillyard kidnapping/assault/arson victim found


Donavan M. DuncanUPDATE: 

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says thanks to tips from the public, they have located Donavan Duncan in north Spokane. 

The Sheriff's Office says Duncan is currently talking with detectives. 

"We Thank YOU again for continually providing us with information as we work together to keep our community safe and specifically, your help in locating Duncan," the Sheriff's Office said. "We are much more effective with your assistance and we truly appreciate it."

Previous Coverage: 

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for help locating 21-year-old Donavan M. Duncan.

Detectives believe Duncan may have been kidnapped and assaulted and his van was found burned out.

Authorities have arrested two suspects they believe may be involved in the crime. On October 24th, detectives investigated a tip regarding a kidnapping, assault and arson, contacted the two males, 20-year-old Franklin D. Smith and a juvenile.

The suspects were transported to the Public Safety Building and interviewed regarding this investigation and later booked for Kidnapping 1st Degree and Arson 2nd Degree.

Investigators believe Smith and the juvenile were involved in the kidnapping and assault of Duncan and later, the arson of Duncan’s van which was located in the parking lot of Minnehaha Park on October 21, 2017. 

Duncan is described as a 21-year-old white male, approximately 5’05” tall, 185 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the Hillyard area, has no known address and was believed to be living in his van prior to the incident.

If you have seen Donavan M. Duncan, know of his location, or have any information, you are urged to call 911, reference #10141642.

As KHQ continued to investigate this story, they were able to speak with Franklin D. Smith in a jailhouse interview. Smith admitted to torching Duncan's van but says he never touched him. He also said there's a reason he went after Duncan. Smith says it was an act of revenge because Duncan raped his friend who is like a little brother to him.

Court documents confirm that Duncan is listed as a suspect in a rape case reported in Spokane, however, authorities were not able to locate Duncan for questioning.

(story: KHQ.com; photo: Spokane County Sheriff's Office)

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