Latest Kidnapping News

4 Turks kidnapped in central Nigeria

Jul. 22, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police say four Turkish nationals have been abducted by gunmen. Okasanmi Ajayi, police spokesman in Kwara state, told The Associated Press that four Turkish construction workers were at a drinking spot when six gunmen walked in and abducted them. He said the incident occurred...

Libya's largest oil field shut down over pipeline closure

Jul. 21, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's national oil company has suspended operations at the country's largest oil field over the "unlawful" closure of a pipeline valve, in a country torn by war between rival authorities in the east and west, each backed by various militias. The National Oil Corporation announced the move...

Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says

Jul. 20, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A genetics expert retained by the family of a girl who went missing in 1983 said Saturday that a cavernous underground space near a Vatican cemetery holds thousands of bones that appear to be from dozens of individuals, both "adult and non-adult." The expert, Giorgio Portera, said the...

Missouri man sentenced in rape, kidnapping of Kansas deputy

Jul. 19, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a Kansas sheriff's deputy. Brady Newman-Caddell, of Independence, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty last year to rape, kidnapping and sodomy. William Luth, of Blue Springs, Missouri, was sentenced...

Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholar

Jul. 18, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her...

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers

Jul. 18, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life. Instead they were met by unidentified men, taken to a hotel, held in a room...

'The Chain' is a mid-life hit for novelist Adrian McKinty

Jul. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With his novel "The Chain" headed for publishing best-seller lists and summer packing lists, Adrian McKinty can now laugh as he remembers an old and "failed" novel. "I was in Mexico City, trying to write about Trotsky, the assassination of Trotsky, and it wasn't going well," says McKinty,...

Court upholds death sentence for man who killed 10-year-old

Jul. 17, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man who kidnapped, raped and killed a 10-year-old girl in Springfield. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the court ruled Tuesday that the trial court judge's decision in Craig Wood's case was appropriate and that...

Man who kidnapped Jayme Closs moved out of Wisconsin

Jul. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A man who admitted to kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents has been moved to a facility outside Wisconsin. Twenty-two-year-old Jake Patterson is serving life without parole for the October deaths of James and Denise Closs. State records say he was moved Monday, but do not say...

Turkey says ship attacked off Nigeria, 10 crew kidnapped

Jul. 16, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says an armed gang has attacked a Turkish cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped 10 of vessel's crew members. The Anadolu Agency says the ship, the Paksoy-1, was attacked late Monday. There were 18 crew members on board — all of them...