Latest Kidnapping News

Mississippi troopers find kidnapping victims at traffic stop

Jul. 7, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A Missouri man suspected in a kidnapping in Tennessee was found during a traffic stop in Mississippi over the weekend, authorities said. The Mississippi Highway Patrol also safely located two kidnapping victims — a woman and her 10-month-old daughter, authorities said in a news...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Elizabeth Jo Shirley. The West Virginia woman who previously served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday, July 6, 2020, in announcing her conviction in federal court. Shirley pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement. (West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)

Woman pleads guilty in scheme to offer information to Russia

Jul. 6, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who previously served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday in announcing her conviction in federal court. Elizabeth Jo Shirley pleaded guilty as part of a...

Rosa Alba Santoyo speaks on the phone and is embraced by a woman giving her condolences the day after she lost three of her adult children in an attack on the drug rehabilitation center where they were being treated, at her home in Irapuato, Mexico, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Gunmen burst into the drug rehabilitation center and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said. After the loss of her three children, only two of Santoyo's seven children remain living. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Death toll rises to 26 in Mexican drug rehab center attack

Jul. 2, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

IRAPUATO, Mexico (AP) — The killing of 26 people in an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico is the deadliest such attack in a decade and has led to calls for change in a prosperous state that has become a cartel battleground. Authorities in the city of Irapuato in Guanajuato state on...

FILE - In this March 29, 2002, file photo, British Pakistani Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh arrives at a court in Karachi, Pakistan. Saeed and and three others, Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib, convicted in the kidnapping and killing of a U.S. journalist, whose sentences were overturned in April, will remain in government custody for another three months, officials said Thursday, July 2, 2020. Superintendent of Karachi Central Prison, Hasan Sehtoo, said the four men will remain in custody until Sept. 30 under a law that allows authorities to detain any suspect for up to one year. (AP Photo/Zia Mazhar, File)

4 linked to reporter's murder to stay in prison in Pakistan

Jul. 2, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A British Pakistani man and three others convicted in the kidnapping and killing of a U.S. journalist, whose sentences were overturned in April, will remain in government custody for another three months, officials said Thursday. The move comes days after Pakistan’s Supreme...

FILE - In this April 26, 2016 file photo, family members and supporters of 43 missing teachers college students carry pictures of the students as they march to demand the case not be closed and that experts' recommendations about new leads be followed, in Mexico City. Nearly six years after 43 students disappeared in Mexico’s southern Guerrero state, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero said Tuesday, June 30, 2020 that prosecutors had requested 46 arrest warrants for various municipal level public servants in the state in relation to the case. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

New arrest warrants issued in case of Mexico's missing 43

Jun. 30, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nearly six years after 43 students disappeared in Mexico’s southern Guerrero state, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero said Tuesday that prosecutors had requested 46 arrest warrants for municipal officials in the state in relation to the case. The warrants are based on forced...

FILE - In this March 29, 2002, file photo, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh arrives at a court in Karachi, Pakistan. A ruling by Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday, June 29, 2020 paves the way for the man convicted of involvement in the gruesome 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl to walk free later this week.  (AP Photo/Zia Mazhar, file)

Pakistan could soon release slain US reporter's kidnapper

Jun. 29, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A ruling by Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday paves the way for a man convicted of involvement in the gruesome 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl to walk free later this week. The Supreme Court refused a government request to suspend a lower court’s ruling exonerating...

California man faces 26 charges in Golden State Killer case

Jun. 28, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., a former police officer, faces 13 rape-related charges and 13 murder counts stemming from crimes in the 1970s and 1980s across six counties in California. He is expected to enter a guilty plea during a hearing Monday. Authorities allege the 74-year-old...

People shop for vegetables at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Authorities in Bangladesh have confirmed the first death of a Rohingya refugee from the coronavirus, as infections rise in sprawling camps where more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims have been living since fleeing from neighboring Myanmar. The 71-year-old refugee died Saturday at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar, and samples collected from him tested positive on Monday, said Abu Toha M.R. Bhuiyan, chief health coordinator of the office of the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner. (AP Photo/Shafiqur Rahman)

4 Rohingya men killed in gunfight with Bangladesh police

Jun. 27, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Four suspected members of a Rohingya group allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom were killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police near the sprawling refugee camps where refugees from Myanmar live, officials said. The gunfight took place Friday when a team of security...

Police solve case of girl abducted, raped, killed in 1982

Jun. 26, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A nearly four-decade-old cold case involving the abduction, rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl was pronounced closed Friday when Columbus police said a new genealogical testing technique identified the girl's killer. For years, police sought clues in the death of Kelly Prosser,...

A statue of Belgium's King Leopold II is smeared with red paint and graffiti in Brussels, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. With the protests sweeping the world in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, King Leopold II is now increasingly seen as a stain on the nation as demonstrators demand he disappear from public view and authorities take heed. Statues of the late king have defaced in at least a half dozen cities across Belgium. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Mixed-race women sue Belgium for crimes against humanity

Jun. 26, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Five mixed-race women born in Congo when the country was under Belgian rule who were taken away from their Black mothers have filed a lawsuit for crimes against humanity targeting the Belgian state. With their claim, they hope Belgium will finally recognize its responsibility in the...