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(BOUNTIFUL, Utah) — Utah police this week released the emotional audio of a 911 call that two teenage girls made minutes after they escaped a terrifying kidnapping.

The two teens, ages 16 and 17, were kidnapped Sept. 9 after sneaking out of a sleep over at 2 a.m. in Bountiful, Utah. The teens told police they were approached by a red SUV, carrying two men and a woman, who offered the teens a ride. When the teens declined, they were forced into the SUV at knifepoint.

The mother of one of the victims, who did not want to be identified, spoke to ABC News and described her daughter’s experience as horrific.

“I could tell immediately that she had been traumatized,” the teen’s mother said, adding that her daughter was physically assaulted by the alleged kidnappers.

“When they would move or whimper they would punch them and my daughter was cut in multiple places,” she said.

Police say the teens were held for 19 hours with their hands duct taped until the SUV stopped. The teens broke free and escaped.

“Ultimately one girl was able to escape the restraints, free the other girl while two men exited the vehicle for a short period of time,” Bountiful police Lt. Dave Edwards told ABC News affiliate KTVX-TV.

Tammy Morrison was sitting in her car at a stoplight at around 9:20 p.m. when the girls ran up to her window.

“They were hysterical,” Morrison told ABC News. “One had duct tape around her neck and mouth. It was crazy.”

The teens used Morrison’s phone to dial 911.

“They took us…Somebody took us,” one of the teens cried to a 911 dispatcher.

The two girls were so hysterical, the 911 operator couldn’t understand.

“They took us in their car,” the distraught girl wails.

Edwards told ABC News that police believe the teens’ story and are investigating this as a legitimate kidnapping.

The victims had some minor injuries but did not requiring medical treatment, according to police .

One of the suspects, according to police, was in his early to mid-20’s, with light brown hair, slender build and a tattoo on his left arm. The second male was described as taller than the first suspect, in his mid-30’s and had dark brown hair. The woman was heavy set, between 25 to 35 years old and had long blond hair, police said.

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