Latest Kidnapping News

A teacher and 6 members of a religious congregation have been kidnapped in Haiti, officials say

Feb. 24, 2024 12:03 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Six members of a religious congregation in Haiti and a teacher have been kidnapped while gathered in front of a school in the capital, officials said. The members are men from the Congregation of Brothers of Sacred Heart, according to a statement on...

Utah man sues Maduro over trauma caused by nearly two years of imprisonment in Venezuela

Feb. 22, 2024 21:27 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Utah man imprisoned for nearly two years in Venezuela has sued President Nicolás Maduro, accusing the leftist leader of heading a “criminal enterprise” that kidnaps, tortures and unjustly imprisons American citizens. The complaint filed Thursday in Miami federal...

Data from phone, Apple Watch help lead police to suspects in Iowa woman's death

Feb. 22, 2024 15:08 PM EST

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) — Data from an iPhone and Apple Watch helped lead police to suspects after a woman's body was found in an Iowa lake, authorities said. Iowa County Sheriff Robert Rotter on Tuesday identified the victim as 20-year-old Melody M. Hoffman of Marion, Iowa. Her body...

Two men charged in Vermont murder-for-hire case to go on trial in September

Feb. 22, 2024 14:44 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The two men from facing federal charges connected to a murder-for-hire plot that led to the 2018 abduction and killing of a Vermont man will go on trial in September, a federal judge said Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Geoffrey Crawford set Sept. 23 as...

Guilty plea from the man accused of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl from an upstate New York park

Feb. 22, 2024 08:11 AM EST

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping a 9-year-old girl from a state park in upstate New York pleaded guilty to two felony counts and faces 47 years to life in prison. Craig N. Ross Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday under a plea deal to first-degree kidnapping and...

Rebels linked to the Islamic State group kill at least two dozen civilians in eastern Congo

Feb. 20, 2024 13:44 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Extremist rebels in eastern Congo have killed at least two dozen civilians in separate attacks this week, local authorities and a civil society group said Tuesday. Rebels with the Allied Democratic Forces, which has ties to the Islamic State group, killed 13...

Prosecutor: Grand jury decides against charges in troopers' shooting of 2 after pursuit, kidnapping

Feb. 17, 2024 12:29 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — No charges will be filed in the shooting deaths of a man and woman in a gun battle with Ohio state troopers following a police pursuit and kidnapping last summer, authorities said. The Montgomery County prosecutor's office said Friday that a grand jury reviewed...

A Polish doctor kidnapped in Chad has been released and is unharmed, minister says

Feb. 13, 2024 15:00 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish doctor kidnapped in Chad has been freed and is “safe and sound," Poland’s foreign minister said Tuesday. The woman had been volunteering at the Saint-Michel Hospital in the Central African nation's Tandjile region, where kidnappings for ransom are...

A search is underway for a Polish doctor kidnapped from a hospital in Chad

Feb. 12, 2024 06:59 AM EST

N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — A search was underway for a Polish doctor kidnapped in southern Chad, officials and media in Poland reported Monday. The woman was volunteering at the Saint-Michel Hospital, several hundred kilometers (miles) from the capital in the Central African nation,...

An activist who searched for her disappeared brother killed in Mexican border city

Feb. 09, 2024 10:49 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A gunman has killed an activist who led a group of volunteers searching for some of Mexico’s over 100,000 missing people, prosecutors said. The killer burst into a beauty salon Thursday in the northern border city of Mexicali and shot to death Ángela León,...