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Rough Weekend for 'Broken' Freed Family

Joshua Boyle says he and his wife didn't think the adjustment to freedom would be so hard

(Newser) - After five years in captivity, freedom is a lot harder than Joshua Boyle expected. The Canadian man tells CNN he and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three children are suffering. "We're pretty broken and we didn't expect this," he says. After arriving in Toronto... More »

N. Korea's Spies Took Her in '77. Trump Wants to Help Find Answers

President to meet with parents of Japan's Megumi Yokota, snatched at age 13 to serve as tutor

(Newser) - Forty years ago, a Japanese teen was abducted while walking home, one of at least 17 people kidnapped by North Korea in the '70s and '80s to serve as language and cultural tutors to the nation's spies. Now, President Trump has plans to meet with Megumi Yokota'... More »

Man Saves Missing Teen. Then, Another 'Act of Kindness'

Earl Melchert gave his $7K reward to the girl he saved

(Newser) - Two heroes have emerged in Minnesota: an abducted 15-year-old girl and the 65-year-old farmer who found her. Fox News and the Twin Cities Pioneer Press report Jasmine Block disappeared from her Alexandria home on Aug. 8, and she was reportedly held for nearly a month in an abandoned house, where... More »

US Oil Worker Abducted in Yemen, Says Family

Danny Burch's colleagues blame Houthi rebels

(Newser) - An American oil worker has reportedly been kidnapped in Yemen. The wife of 63-year-old Danny Burch, an employee of Yemeni-owned oil company Safer, says five armed men driving a pickup truck without license plates took him from his car on a busy street in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on... More »

Man Who Murdered Holly Bobo Learns His Fate

Zach Adams sentenced to life in prison for murder, kidnapping, rape

(Newser) - The man who kidnapped, raped, and killed a 20-year-old nursing student in Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, WTVF reports. Holly Bobo disappeared in 2011 after going into the woods outside her parents house with an unidentified man; her body wasn't found... More »

He Pushed Woman Off Cliff, Then Killed Her Son, 5: Cops

Victim's sister says money dispute led to kidnapping

(Newser) - Jessica Durham saw two faces, including that of her 5-year-old son. Then she was pushed off an 80-foot cliff. She would remarkably survive, but her son wasn't so lucky. Police and family say the 41-year-old Kentucky woman was beaten, then kidnapped along with her son on Friday in response... More »

Cops: Girl Was Held 29 Days, Then Captors Went to Lunch

Jasmine Block praised for her strength and bravery

(Newser) - Jasmine Block is "an unbelievable young woman." That's what a police chief has to say after the 15-year-old escaped from captors who allegedly assaulted her over the course of a month. Block reportedly left her home in Alexandria, Minn., on Aug. 8 with a family acquaintance who... More »

Cops: Kidnapped Woman Found Safe at Hotel

Virginia Paris earlier had sought help at a Starbucks

(Newser) - It started out unremarkable enough: A 55-year-old woman ordered a drink and gave her first name at a Starbucks in Goodyear, Ariz., on Sunday morning. But police say Virginia Paris then went to the bathroom and told a female customer she needed help upon exiting, only to be yanked from... More »

In Case of Missing French Girl, Man Charged With Kidnapping

Maelys de Araujo's DNA was allegedly found in suspect's car

(Newser) - One week after 9-year-old Maelys de Araujo went missing from a family wedding in the French Alps, a man has been charged with kidnapping. As search and rescue teams continued to scour the area for Maelys, investigators on Sunday charged a 34-year-old in connection with her disappearance. The Grenoble prosecutor... More »

Woman's Trunk 'Kidnapping' Was Elaborate Suicide: FBI

Rita Maze called family saying she was abducted

(Newser) - A woman found dead in the trunk of her car after calling police, her daughter, and her husband saying she had been kidnapped at a Montana rest stop actually killed herself, according to the FBI. The agency said Thursday that the gunshot wound that killed 47-year-old school cook Rita Maze... More »

Search Underway After French Girl, 9, Vanishes at Wedding

Police have now launched a kidnapping investigation

(Newser) - Police have opened a kidnapping investigation as searches continue for a 9-year-old girl who vanished from a family wedding in the French Alps Sunday. The Local reports that authorities have scoured the area, using helicopters, police dogs, divers, and cavers around France’s southeastern Isère region to track down... More »

Kidnapped Girl, 7, Was Thrown Off Bridge, Incredibly Survives

Police say the child was kidnapped, choked, and swam to safety

(Newser) - "At approximately 4:30am ... a woman from Shrewsbury was awoken by knocks at her door and found the 7-year-old victim standing at her door in pajamas soaking wet." That's how Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Riddle described the incredible end of an allegedly harrowing ordeal. Police say the... More »

Pregnant Woman's Body Found in Plastic, in River

Savanna Greywind, 22, went missing Aug. 19

(Newser) - The plastic-wrapped body of a missing North Dakota woman was found caught on a log by kayakers in the Red River on Sunday evening, ending a search that began on Aug. 19. Fargo Police Chief David Todd says that around the same time Sunday, investigators identified what the Minneapolis Star ... More »

Model Describes Terrifying Kidnapping Ordeal

She woke up in trunk of car after being lured to photo shoot

(Newser) - A British model allegedly kidnapped by a human-trafficking gang in Italy has shared details of her terrifying ordeal. Chloe Ayling, 20, says she feared for her life "second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour" after being drugged and taken to a remote farmhouse, the Telegraph reports. She... More »

As Suspect Joined Vigil for Missing Student, FBI Listened

He described 'ideal victim,' made threats: prosecutors

(Newser) - When friends gathered last week at a vigil for missing University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang, they had no idea the man suspected of killing her was in their midst. But Brendt Christensen not only attended the June 29 event at the university's Urbana-Champaign campus while under FBI surveillance,... More »

Cops: Girl, 13, Kidnapped, Killed in Stolen Drugs Dispute

Kidnappers used her phone to call family

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Texas girl was kidnapped and murdered as payback after a relative's boyfriend stole a large quantity of drugs from two men, police say. Shavon Randle was found dead in a Dallas home early Sunday, as was 19-year-old Michael Titus, who had been named as a person of... More »

FBI: Grad Student Taken by Man Who Visited Kidnapping Sites

Authorities believe 26-year-old Yingying Zhang is dead

(Newser) - Authorities believe a Chinese grad student missing in Illinois is dead, abducted by a man who researched kidnappings on a fetish website, CNN reports. Yingying Zhang, 26, was last seen on surveillance video June 9 getting into a black Saturn Astra on the University of Illinois campus. According to the... More »

FBI Believes Missing Illinois Student Was Kidnapped

$50K reward offered in search for visiting scholar

(Newser) - The Champaign County, Illinois, branch of Crime Stoppers is offering the biggest reward in its history in the search for a visiting student from China who disappeared more than a week ago. Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old who was a month into a yearlong appointment at the University of Illinois, was... More »

Mom Who Put Her Girl's Killers in Jail Is Murdered in Mexico

Activist Miriam Rodríguez Martínez was found dead on Mexico's Mother's Day

(Newser) - In a tragic ending to a story of courage and fortitude, the Mexican activist who succeeded in solving her daughter's 2012 kidnapping and murder was found dead Wednesday—Mexico’s Mother’s Day. Miriam Rodríguez Martínez, known for standing up to the Zetas drug cartel by bringing... More »

Missing Teen Resorted to Eating Flowers, Says Lawyer

Elizabeth Thomas lost a lot of weight while with Tad Cummins

(Newser) - One thing seems to have overshadowed Elizabeth Thomas' 38 days spent with her former teacher: hunger. The 15-year-old had resorted to eating wildflowers at times and had lost a significant amount of weight, the family lawyer tells People . "I was so shocked when I saw her," says Jason... More »

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