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Couple Arrested for Murder of Half-Sister

Cops found them in Colorado motel

(Newser) - Days after the body of a woman was found in the Los Angeles area, a couple suspected of killing her and kidnapping her three children have been arrested in Colorado. Joshua Aaron Robertson, 27, and Brittany Humphrey, 22, were arrested Thursday without incident in Pueblo, about 40 miles south of... More »

Bolivian Official Tries to Mediate Talks, Ends Up Dead

Rodolfo Illanes was kidnapped, beaten to death

(Newser) - Striking miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy interior minister after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials say. Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a "cowardly and brutal killing" and asked that the body of... More »

Murdered Woman's 3 Missing Kids Found at NM Motel

2 suspects—including slain California woman's sister—still on the run

(Newser) - A huge sigh of relief in a troubling case came Wednesday as authorities found the three missing kids of a murdered woman in a New Mexico motel, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kimberly Harvill was found slain on the side of a California road on Aug. 14, and her three... More »

With Mom Dead, Her 3 Kids Missing, Cops Hunt Aunt

Male companion also sought by police

(Newser) - Kimberly Harvill was found dead on the side of a California road on Aug. 14, and her three young children are missing. Los Angeles County authorities are now searching for two people suspected of kidnapping them, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the LA County Sheriff's Department, Joshua... More »

Sources: El Chapo's Kidnapped Son Freed

He was captured after 'partying too much,' insider says

(Newser) - After some presumably very tense negotiations, the kidnapped son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been freed by his captors, multiple sources tell CNN . Jesus Alfredo Guzman—not older brother Ivan, who was named in earlier reports—was among six people gunmen seized from a restaurant in... More »

Elizabeth Smart: Porn Made My Ordeal Even Worse

She records video for anti-porn group

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart has shared new details of her horrific kidnapping ordeal in a video for an anti-porn group , in which she says she has witnessed firsthand how damaging porn is. Smart—who was kidnapped in 2002, when she was 14, and raped repeatedly over the next nine months—says captor... More »

Son of 'El Chapo' May Be Kidnapped

Ivan Guzman seen as too flashy, may have annoyed other gang members

(Newser) - The brazen kidnapping at a Mexican resort on Monday may have netted a big prize for the kidnappers: the son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo," reports Reuters . Between seven and eight armed men snatched six other men early Monday from a high-end restaurant in a Puerto Vallarta,... More »

American Pulled From SUV by Gunmen in Kabul

An Australian was also abducted

(Newser) - Five gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms have abducted an American and an Australian in Kabul, a security official said Monday. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the abduction, reports the AP . The two foreigners were taken from their SUV while driving on Sunday night on a main road near the... More »

Afghan Mullah Arrested for Marrying 6-Year-Old

Sayed Mohammad Karim says girl was 'gift' from her parents; they say she was kidnapped

(Newser) - A case in Afghanistan has pitted a religious figure against the outraged parents of a 6-year-old girl, underscoring the ongoing problems surrounding child marriages there. Per Radio Free Europe , Sayed Mohammad Karim, a mullah in the Ghor province said to be in his 50s, was arrested last week and charged... More »

F1 Chief's Mother-in-Law Rescued From Kidnappers

She was found unharmed near Sao Paulo

(Newser) - Brazilian police said Sunday they rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone from two men on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. According to police, 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck, who had been held since Friday last week, was not harmed in the operation conducted by Sao Paulo's anti-kidnapping... More »

Kidnappers Demand $36.5M for Rich Guy's Mother-in-Law

Bernie Ecclestone faces paying a hefty ransom for wife's mom

(Newser) - Criminals hoping for a share of Bernie Ecclestone's fortune have reportedly kidnapped the racing billionaire's mother-in-law in Brazil. Local media say the criminals, in touch with the 85-year-old Formula One head, are demanding $36.5 million—the highest ransom ever in a Brazilian kidnapping, per the Telegraph . The... More »

Police Think They've Found Body of Missing Biker

Suspect with chilling record arrested

(Newser) - Police have made an arrest in the disappearance of Ohio woman Sierah Joughin —and they believe they've found the body of the missing 20-year-old, who was last seen riding her bike on Tuesday evening. Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller says James Dean Worley, 57, was arrested early Friday,... More »

Kidnapping Thwarted by Girl's Kung Fu Punch

'It hurt him,' says 8-year-old

(Newser) - A would-be kidnapper got more than he bargained for after snatching a girl from her bed Sunday. Authorities say a man broke into a home in El Cajon, Calif., through an unlocked window, then grabbed an 8-year-old girl from her upstairs bedroom. Unbeknownst to her attacker, the girl knew kung... More »

Arrests Made, but Still No Trace of Kidnapped Woman

Detectives confident they have the right suspects but lack 'solid leads'

(Newser) - The last time anyone saw Bay Area resident Elvira Babb was when a co-worker dropped her off at the Seafood City Supermarket in Vallejo, Calif., around 3pm on June 29. The next day Babb's son John received a text message in which an anonymous sender threatened to kill his... More »

Pregnant Teacher's Body Found After Alleged School Affair

Arrested assistant principal Robert Marks has yet to talk

(Newser) - A married middle school assistant principal has been arrested in the murder of a pregnant teacher with whom he was allegedly carrying on an affair in a case that's shaken Baton Rouge, La. Instructional specialist Lyntell Washington, 40, was seven months pregnant and the single mom to a 3-year-old... More »

Mother Reunites With Kidnapped Son After 21 Years

Steven Hernandez located in Mexico

(Newser) - In 1995, things were rocky between Maria Mancia and her husband, Valentin Hernandez—and one day after work, Mancia returned to their California apartment to find her husband and their 18-month-old son, Steven, gone, along with all the boy's things. Hernandez took all the photos of Steven, even an... More »

Cops: Mom Fights Off Man Trying to Abduct Daughter

She wrestled the teen from man's grasp in Florida store

(Newser) - Police in Florida are praising a woman whose "motherly instinct … may have saved her daughter's life." Surveillance video from a Dollar General store in Hernando on Tuesday shows a man police are identifying as 30-year-old Craig Bonello pushing a cart full of items. He then wanders... More »

Cops: Mom Staged Daughter's Abduction

She was angry with the girl's father, they say

(Newser) - Shavaughn Vaughn told police on Tuesday that her daughter was missing and that she suspected the 10-year-old’s father was hiding her somewhere. The report sparked an eight-hour search in Sacramento, complete with helicopters, the Sacramento Bee reports. In an interview with CBS 13 , Vaughn began to cry as she... More »

Soccer Player Shown With Bandaged Hand After Kidnapping

Alan Pulido was seized by gunmen as he left a party Saturday night

(Newser) - Mexican police have rescued kidnapped soccer player Alan Pulido, who appeared with a bandaged hand at a brief press conference Monday to declare that he was fine. Police and other officials said Pulido, a 25-year-old forward with Greek soccer club Olympiakos, was freed in a security operation Sunday shortly before... More »

Suspect Dead, Teen Missing After Calif. Kidnapping

Car was spotted 300 miles south of where girl was last seen

(Newser) - A young man suspected of abducting a teenage girl in Northern California was killed Thursday after leading sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase and engaging in a shootout, authorities say. The girl is still missing. Fernando Castro, 19, whose car had been the subject of an Amber Alert for... More »

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