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06/02/2014 11:23 EDT | Updated 08/02/2014 05:59 EDT

Mariana Cracogna ‘doing well’ after alleged abduction, family says

Mariana Cracogna, the Saskatoon woman who was allegedly abducted and was missing for two and a half days, is out of hospital and doing well, according to family.

"She's just her normal self," Pablo Cracogna, Mariana's brother, told CBC News Monday. "She's dealing with [the ordeal] really well."

According to police, Cracogna, 26, went missing Friday afternoon. Her family reported to police that she was probably abducted by Clinton McLaughlin, a man who Cracogna previously had a personal relationship with. 

Police said they immediately issued an alert for officers to be on the lookout for Cracogna. Their investigation, they said, then led them to believe she had been abducted and a full-scale search was launched.

Cracogna was found Sunday around 9 p.m. CT in a rural area east of Saskatoon. Police said she was able to escape her alleged abductor and make her way to a highway where she was found by a passing motorist.

She was taken to hospital for treatment and is now at home, her brother said.

"She's home and she's the same old girl that she was before she left," he said. "Physically she appears to be doing well."

'She'll tell me when she's ready'

Her brother added he has been cautious when it comes to asking questions about what happened.

"I don't know how much of an experience or how bad an experience it would have been for her," he said. "I don't want to really probe. I figure she'll tell me when she's ready."

"Emotionally, I haven't really asked her how she's really feeling," he added. "I just feel that she should be able to deal with it on her own, for now, before I start bringing anything up."

Pablo Cracogna said the most important thing is that his sister is safe and at home.

"I don't know how to describe the feeling. It was just something incredible," he said. "The family is feeling better than ever. I mean you lose a family member and they come back to you and you can't help but feel happy about it."

He said Mariana is aware that many people were looking for her.

"She really extends her gratitude and her thanks for everybody that helped bring her back and bring her back safely," he said. "And not just that, but also got Clint into custody."

Suspect due in court Tuesday

A 36-year-old man, Clint McLaughlin, was also found by a passing motorist. He was arrested a few hours after Cracogna was found.

Police said McLaughlin and Cracogna had had nothing to eat or drink since Friday. McLaughlin was also treated in hospital in Saskatoon.

On Monday afternoon, police said McLaughlin had been released from hospital and was in holding cells at the police station. He was to be seen by a justice of the peace Monday night, ahead of court appearances set for Tuesday.

McLaughlin is facing charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful confinement, and breach of recognizance.