Latest Kidnapping News

Kidnapping suspect dies in custody at a Wichita hospital

Jan. 23, 2022 16:13 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man charged with trying to kidnap a 10-year-old boy in 2020 has died in custody while awaiting trial. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office said 64-year-old Webb Wray Ketcherside died Thursday at a Wichita hospital where...

Witnesses: Extremists abduct 17 girls in northeast Nigeria

Jan. 22, 2022 13:19 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have abducted 17 girls in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Saturday as the West African nation’s military said it “remains resolute in decisively countering the terrorists.” Members of the Boko Haram jihadi group attacked Pemi, a...

US charges 2nd key suspect in killing of Haiti's president

Jan. 20, 2022 17:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Haitian-Chilean businessman considered a key suspect in the killing of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse appeared in U.S. federal court on Thursday and was accused of providing weapons to former Colombian soldiers charged with fatally shooting the Caribbean country’s leader. ...

Airman gets life in prison for death of Mennonite woman

Jan. 19, 2022 19:11 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Air Force airman will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping a Mennonite woman from northwestern New Mexico, fatally shooting her and leaving her body in the freezing cold in a forest clearing hundreds of miles away. Mark Gooch, 22, was...

Family seeks to sue Lebanon over dead father's captivity

Jan. 19, 2022 10:49 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Lebanese American man’s survivors, who filed an ambitious lawsuit last year alleging Lebanon’s security agency kidnapped and tortured him before he died in the U.S., hope to find an opening after the agency recently responded in an American court. Amer...

2 suspects arrested in Congo in Italian ambassador's death

Jan. 18, 2022 19:34 PM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Authorities in eastern Congo have arrested two men in connection with the killing of the Italian ambassador and two others nearly a year ago, though police said Tuesday that the prime suspect remains at large. Gen. Aba Van Ang, the commissioner of the police in...

Colombia's Ingrid Betancourt announces presidential run

Jan. 18, 2022 15:55 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, who was held as a hostage for six years by the country's largest guerrilla group, said on Tuesday that she will be running for her country’s presidency. She enters a crowded field of candidates in which Gustavo Petro a leftist...

Woman accused of faking kidnapping facing criminal charges

Jan. 17, 2022 10:53 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls woman accused of faking her own kidnapping from a local pizza restaurant told detectives she wanted a break from her husband, according to court documents. The woman has been charged with attempted grand theft and making a false report to...

Mexico gang leader sentenced to 60 years in prison

Jan. 15, 2022 11:34 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The leader of a crime gang notorious for siphoning gasoline from government fuel ducts has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for kidnapping, according to authorities in the central Mexico state of Guanajuato. José Antonio Yépez Ortiz had been one of Mexico's...

Indiana kidnapping suspect arrested in Nebraska

Jan. 13, 2022 16:50 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man who is accused of kidnapping a woman in Indiana, handcuffing her and driving her to Nebraska. The Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release that 52-year-old William Brittingham, of DeMotte, Indiana, is jailed in Hall...