Latest Kidnapping News

9 indicted in connection with southwestern Missouri killing

Sep. 25, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) — Nine people have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with the kidnapping and shooting death of a southwestern Missouri woman in August. KYTV-TV reports that 28-year-old Sarah Pasco of Aurora was kidnapped and fatally shot Aug. 16. Her body was found in a well in the town of...

2 men charged in migrant smuggling, ransom scheme

Sep. 25, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two men face federal charges in South Florida for their part in a migrant smuggling operation that involved kidnapping and torturing Cubans and extorting money from victims’ family members, authorities said. Reynaldo Marquez Crespo, 41, and Jancer Sergio Ramos Valdes, 33, made their...

Students, joined by relatives of the 43 missing students from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, stand outside the Supreme Court during a protest to mark the upcoming sixth anniversary of the students’ disappearance, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Family members continue to call for justice six years after the Ayotzinapa students were allegedly taken from buses by local police and turned over to a drug gang. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Parents of missing Mexico students want answers 6 years on

Sep. 24, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Families of 43 students who were kidnapped in southern Mexico on Sept. 26, 2014 are still demanding answers about their sons' whereabouts as the sixth anniversary of the crime approaches. Relatives gathered Thursday outside Mexico's Supreme Court, holding photos of their missing sons and...

Suspected extremists abduct 3 non-Muslims in Kenya's north

Sep. 24, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Officials in Kenya say three non-Muslim bus passengers were abducted by suspected Islamic extremists in Kenya's northern Mandera county that borders Somalia. Armed gunmen, believed to be Somalia's al-Shabab rebels, stopped a bus about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Lafey town and...

Court upholds death sentence for man who killed girlfriend

Sep. 24, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for an Illinois man convicted of abducting his estranged girlfriend from Kentucky in 2014 and killing her along an Ohio highway. Death row inmate Terry Froman was sentenced to death in 2017 by a Warren County jury for...

Arkansas man charged with killing Tennessee car seller

Sep. 24, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been charged with killing a Tennessee man who was selling a car, then stealing the vehicle. Edmond Knowles, 21, has been indicted on charges including first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping in the February death of 20-year-old Arnold Javier Reyes, the Shelby...

Female inmate at Arizona prison dies in an apparent suicide

Sep. 23, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — A female inmate at the state prison in Goodyear has died in an apparent suicide, Arizona Department of Corrections officials said Wednesday. Officials said 47-year-old Tracie Otero died from an apparent act of self-harm by hanging. Staff at the Perryville prison discovered her...

Crowd protests charges against Denver anti-racism leaders

Sep. 19, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — People gathered at the Colorado state Capitol in Denver on Saturday to protest the filing of felony charges against several leaders of racial justice demonstrations. Six protesters, including organizers of demonstrations over the killing of Black 23-year-old Elijah McClain in Aurora, could...

Native American activist guilty of rape but not kidnapping

Sep. 18, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico jury on Friday convicted a Native American activist of rape and voyeurism, but acquitted him of kidnapping — the most serious charge against him. Santa Fe jurors deliberated for less than four hours before announcing their verdict against Redwolf Pope. ...

Man charged in death of woman set to testify against him

Sep. 18, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

GRANT CITY, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri man was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the death of a woman who was scheduled to testify against him. Jeremiah Searles, of Bethany, also was charged with abandonment of a corpse. He was accused of killing Melissa Chapman, who was missing for three...