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A high speed police chase ended in Wetumpka early Monday morning. 

A high-speed police chase that ended in Wetumpka began with the kidnapping and murder of Columbus, Georgia woman, according to authorities. 

Four suspects are in custody and are accused of kidnapping and murdering a 39-year-old mother of two, Tameka Skinner.

According to police reports, Skinner’s body was found near Bush Road and Porter Road in Russell County shortly before noon on Monday. She had been shot. 

Skinner was accompanied by a male when she was kidnapped. Authorities said he was assaulted but was not taken with her.

According to the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, a call came in from the Columbus Police Department about a kidnapping and assault at Huckleberry Hill Apartments in Columbus. The victim’s stolen vehicle had possibly been found in Russell County.

While in route to look for the car, Russell County deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle off the road and attempted to stop the vehicle, but a chase ensued on Alabama 169 and ended in Wetumpka.

According to Wetumpka assistant police chief Ed Reeves, between 3:30 to 4 a.m. Wetumpka police officers provided assistance in the chase, which made its way through Russell County, Macon County, Tallassee and Wetumpka. 

The chase ended when the suspect vehicle collided into a Wetumpka police vehicle that was blocking Love Lane. 

Sean Johnson, Demetria Johnson and Joshua Tolbert, all of Columbus, and Javion Phillips, of Seale, were arrested and charged with capital murder and kidnapping. A handgun was recovered from the vehicle. 

Wetumpka police turned the suspects and the case over to Alabama State Troopers and Russell County deputies. The suspects were transported back to Russell County.

The victim’s vehicle was recovered within a few miles of where her body was found, according Russell County Sheriff Health Taylor. Authorities have not released a possible motive for the crime as it is still under investigation.