Latest Kidnapping News

Woman believed to be 1971 kidnap victim reunites with family

Nov. 29, 2022 18:22 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A woman who family members believe was the toddler kidnapped by a babysitter 51 years ago has been reunited with her family in Texas, in a meeting filled with long-overdue hugs and joyful tears. Melissa Highsmith was 22 months old when she was abducted by...

Judge denies bid for new trial in Whitmer kidnapping case

Nov. 26, 2022 13:22 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a new trial request by two men convicted of conspiring to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Lawyers for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. alleged misconduct by a juror and unfairness by U.S. District Judge Robert...

Vatican court hears secret recording of pope on hostage fees

Nov. 24, 2022 15:05 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican tribunal weighing a financial fraud case heard from an unusual witness Thursday, when a secret recording of Pope Francis was played to the court about the Holy See’s payments to free a nun held hostage by al-Qaida-linked militants. The broadcast of...

German priest abducted in Mali's capital in rare kidnapping

Nov. 21, 2022 10:48 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Suspected Islamic extremists have abducted a German priest in Mali's capital, colleagues said Monday, marking the first kidnapping of a Westerner in Bamako in more than a decade. The Rev. Hans-Joachim Lohre was preparing to go celebrate Mass in another part of...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 18, 2022 13:17 PM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. November 17, 2022. Editorial: Lamont’s new team to face big challenges Though many explanations were put forward, there’s no way to know exactly why Ned Lamont won a second term as governor on Nov. 8. Certainly there was his handling of...

Woman convicted in kidnapping of 3-year-old Alabama girl

Nov. 17, 2022 14:59 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Federal jurors convicted an Alabama woman on Thursday in the death of a 3-year-old girl who disappearance from a public housing community prompted a more than weeklong search in 2019. News outlets reported that Derick Irisha Brown, 32, was convicted of a...

Convicted killer slain in California prison attack

Nov. 15, 2022 18:35 PM EST

IMPERIAL, Calif. (AP) — A California prison inmate serving a life sentence has died after he was attacked with hand-made weapons by two other prisoners, state corrections officials said Tuesday. William Quintero, 47, was attacked Monday in a recreation yard at Centinela State...

Pelosi attack suspect pleads not guilty to federal charges

Nov. 15, 2022 17:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man accused in last month's attack on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges of attempting to kidnap a federal official and assaulting a federal official's family member. David DePape, appearing in orange...

New Mexico man convicted of trying to kill a woman in 2020

Nov. 13, 2022 14:04 PM EST

TIERRA AMARILLA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man could face up to 50 years in prison after being convicted of injecting a woman with heroin and throwing her off a bridge into the Rio Grande in February 2020. Authorities said the woman survived by floating down the river to get to a...

Pakistani man sentenced to die for killing ex-wife from US

Nov. 12, 2022 07:53 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The ex-husband of an American woman of Pakistani origin was convicted of murdering her as part of a property dispute and sentenced to death Saturday by a Pakistani court. The district court in Rawalpindi also sentenced Rizwan Habib's father and an employee to...