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Nigeria's New Casualties: Parents of Kidnapped Girls

11 dead as attacks, trauma-related illnesses take their toll

(Newser) - Whether Nigeria's 219 kidnapped schoolgirls will ever come home to Chibok is an open question, but some of them will definitely never see their parents again. Seven fathers were killed this month in an attack on a nearby village, the AP reports, and heart failure, high blood pressure, and... More »

Kidnapped Girl, 5, Dies in Car Chase, Shootout

Marcus McGowan allegedly took Cadence Harris, fled cops

(Newser) - A kidnapped 5-year-old girl is dead after a shoot-out between police and her alleged kidnapper in Leavenworth, Kansas. According to KSHB, family members say 30-year-old Marcus McGowan took 5 year-old Cadence Harris from her home. But according to the Kansas City Star, McGowan lived with Harris and her mother at... More »

Jogger Finds Missing Baby in Bushes

Infant had been carjacked at gas station

(Newser) - An 8-month-old baby had been missing for hours when a jogger—who happened to be visiting Houston from Vietnam—found her in the bushes, car seat and all. "I thought the baby was abandoned," Hong Nguyen tells NBC News . She called police, who'd already issued an Amber... More »

Boy Terrified of Dentist Invents Abduction Tale

French 12-year-old swears he was kidnapped on way to appointment

(Newser) - Say you love going to the dentist? Well neither does a boy in France who concocted an entire kidnapping story to avoid admitting that he had ducked a dental visit, The Local reports. Police found the 12-year-old during a patrol of the Alpine village St Gervais last month, asked what... More »

Missing Alaska Family Stumps Police, FBI

Two adults, two young girls, their dog seem to have vanished without a trace

(Newser) - After three weeks of searching, investigators are still clueless as to what happened to an Alaska family last seen in late May. A canine scent detection team, along with additional aerial and ground crew, has scoured the area—their town of Kenai is 65 miles southwest of Anchorage with a... More »

US Citizen Among 3 Israeli Teens Feared Kidnapped

Boys went missing last night while hitchhiking in West Bank

(Newser) - Israeli forces are conducting an intense search in the West Bank for three male teenagers they think were kidnapped by Palestinian militants, reports the Jerusalem Post . One of the teens is a US citizen, but not much else is known about him. Two of the teens are age 16 and... More »

Teacher Kidnaps 3 Students, Demands Fast Food

John Edward Maust pulls knife on three 17-year-olds, police say

(Newser) - Three LA-area teenagers pulled over to greet their high school teacher standing on a curb Saturday night—but things got weird when he got in the car, KTLA reports. The driver agreed to give John Edward Maust, 34, a lift even though he seemed intoxicated, sheriff's officials said in... More »

Cops: Uber Driver Kidnapped Drunk Woman

Frederick Dencer also accused of 'fondling' her

(Newser) - Words Uber would likely rather not hear in the same sentence: its name, and "kidnapping." One of the ride-sharing service's California drivers was arrested Monday on suspicion of kidnapping an intoxicated woman he was supposed to be driving home, KTLA reports. The 26-year-old woman was bar-hopping in... More »

Reports: 4 More Nigerian Girls Escape

Details are sketchy, as former president has negotiations with Boko Haram

(Newser) - Signs of hope for Nigeria's kidnapped girls? USA Today rounds up reports in Nigerian newspapers saying that four more girls escaped from their Boko Haram captors. Scant details were available, but an official in Chibok—the village from which the girls were abducted—was quoted as saying the girls... More »

Kidnapped Newborn Saved Thanks to Facebook

Melissa McMahon got baby girl back within 3 hours

(Newser) - The mother of a day-old infant kidnapped from a Quebec hospital by a fake nurse got her baby back within three hours thanks to four young people who spotted an alert on Facebook. One of the group recognized the suspect's photo and guided police to her home, where they... More »

UN Fact-Finders Attacked in Syria

Amid reports they were kidnapped, watchdog group says staffers safe

(Newser) - A group of UN and chemical weapons watchdog members came under attack in Syria, according to reports—but stories conflict regarding what happened next, France 24 notes. Syria's foreign ministry said 11 people were kidnapped, six of them UN fact-finders. Officials said opposition fighters were behind the attack, the... More »

Nigerian Official: We Know Where Missing Girls Are

But attacking Boko Haram is too dangerous, he says

(Newser) - Nigeria's military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Boko Haram militants but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country's chief of defense said today. Air Marshal Alex Barde told demonstrators supporting the much-criticized military that Nigerian troops can save... More »

Kidnap Victim Met With Mom Before Police

'He worked hard for me and my daughter ... I didn't want that'

(Newser) - The woman who says she was held captive for 10 years by Isidro Garcia led a seemingly normal life: She went to Zumba classes, the beach, and Disneyland. But despite what she says was a decade of abuse, it wasn't until she got in touch with her mom that... More »

Guy Busted in 10-Year Kidnap Case Faces 19 Years

Isidro Garcia charged with 5 felonies

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Orange County have charged a man with kidnapping his former girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter a decade ago and repeatedly sexually assaulting her. Isidro Medrano Garcia was charged today with five felony counts, including forcible rape, kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, and three counts of lewd acts on... More »

Woman Held Captive 10 Years Goes to Police

California man charged with kidnapping her as a teen, brainwashing her

(Newser) - It's another tale of a longtime captive gaining freedom, with this one bearing more similarity to the Jaycee Dugard case than the Cleveland kidnappings . An unidentified 25-year-old woman who was reported missing 10 years ago in California found her sister on Facebook and contacted her; police say that the... More »

US Sends 80 Troops to Find Kidnapped Girls

Pentagon says they're going to Chad

(Newser) - The US is putting some muscle behind its promise to help find the kidnapped girls of Nigeria. The White House told Congress today that it has sent 80 troops to neighboring Chad to help track down the girls and their Boko Haram captors, reports the Washington Post . The statement didn'... More »

Woman Accuses Idaho Man of Keeping Her as Sex Slave

Woman says she was held 18 months, beaten with hammer and 2x4

(Newser) - Police found chains mounted to the wall and electric wire booby traps around an Idaho home, after a woman told them she'd been held captive there for a year and a half. Oscar Ayala-Arizmendi, 36, has been charged with rape, kidnapping, and possession of a controlled substance, the Twin ... More »

Boko Haram Hiding in Vast, Snake-Ridden Forest

Sambisa Forest stretches for 23K square miles

(Newser) - Boko Haram has a tactical advantage: The Muslim extremist group suspected of kidnapping Nigerian girls is hiding out in old military bunkers, in an enormous forest where vegetation grows as high as six feet, Fox News reports. What's more, the 23,000-square-mile Sambisa Forest is teeming with poisonous snakes... More »

8 More Girls Kidnapped in Nigeria

Boko Haram again suspected in latest attack

(Newser) - A day after reports that Boko Haram planned to sell kidnap victims , the extremist group is suspected in the kidnapping of eight more girls in Nigeria, Reuters reports. The girls, ages 12 to 15, were taken from a village near one of the group's northeastern Nigeria bases. "They... More »

Boko Haram: We'll Sell Kidnapped Girls at Market

AFP obtains video featuring group's leader

(Newser) - Islamist militant group Boko Haram has acknowledged in a video obtained by AFP that it's behind the kidnappings of more than 200 girls in Nigeria last month. "I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," leader Abubakar Shekau says. He adds that... More »

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