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Girl Kidnapped in 1997 Found by Total Coincidence

South African teen's sister noticed resemblance when they met at school

(Newser) - On Cassidy Nurse's first day of school, classmates kept approaching her and saying, "There's a girl who looks just like you." The look-alikes met, felt an instant connection, and became friends, but it turns out the kinship had deeper origins: The girl was Cassidy's long-lost... More »

Lawyer: 'Sincere Love' Behind Hoax Kidnapping

Family was only trying to help 6-year-old, he says

(Newser) - The family that staged a terrifying hoax kidnapping to teach a 6-year-old boy to beware of strangers was doing so out of an "intense and sincere love for the child," a lawyer for two of the suspects says, though he admits that their judgment was "extremely poor.... More »

How to Propose: First, No Kidnapping

Romantic getaway doesn't go as planned for alleged kidnapper

(Newser) - Picture it: Your ex-boyfriend kidnaps you at BB-gun-point, handcuffs you, and drives you from Texas to a bed and breakfast in Kansas, where he plans to spend three weeks with you on a passionate getaway that ends with him convincing you to marry him. If that doesn't sound like... More »

Cops: Family Kidnaps Boy as Lesson About Strangers

6-year-old's own aunt, grandmother, and mom all reportedly in on horrific plot

(Newser) - On Monday, a 6-year-old Missouri boy went to hell and back: Police say he was kidnapped from his bus stop and put through a traumatic four-hour ordeal that was allegedly plotted by his aunt, a co-worker she recruited, the child's grandmother, and his own mom, Fox News reports. The... More »

HOV-Lane Stop Leads to Kidnapping Bust

Police say Luis Moreno rolled down window to prove car had 3 occupants

(Newser) - Pro tip: If you're traveling in an SUV with two men you've allegedly kidnapped in the backseat, don't count them toward your HOV-lane total. A 26-year-old New Jersey man was arrested on Friday morning after a Port Authority officer saw what looked like an otherwise empty car... More »

Golfer: I Was Kidnapped, Beaten, and Robbed

Robert Allenby says bad guys may have drugged him first

(Newser) - An Australian pro golfer was allegedly kidnapped from a wine bar Friday night, beat up, robbed, and dumped six miles away in a park—for reasons that are none too clear, the Golf Channel reports. According to golfer Robert Allenby and his caddie, Mick Middlemo, the two were hanging out... More »

Kidnapped Calif. Baby Found Dead

3-week-old's body was in strip-mall dumpster

(Newser) - Police in Southern California have confirmed that a body found yesterday is that of a 3-week-old baby girl who was abducted from a Long Beach home after a shooting. The identification of Eliza Delacruz came after detectives from Long Beach traveled to San Diego County to help authorities investigate the... More »

Now Boko Haram Has Kidnapped 40 Boys

Boko Haram attacks military base, kills scores of soldiers

(Newser) - Boko Haram extremists have kidnapped about 40 boys and young men and killed scores of soldiers in a bold attack on a multinational military base in northeast Nigeria, according to fleeing residents and an intelligence officer. The militants came to the remote village of Malari yesterday and urged people to... More »

Boy Behind Wall Texted Mom to Help Police Find Him

13-year-old missing for 4 years was found 'where no person should be'

(Newser) - "Thank you. Thank you." Those were the first words Gregory Jean Jr. spoke to police on Saturday when they peeled back a wood panel in an upstairs closet and found him crammed in the space between the garage and attic, WXIA reports. But the officers had help from... More »

How Technology Led to a Child's Abduction— and Rescue

iPod helped authorities find girl said to have been talking to man online

(Newser) - The story of a 12-year-old girl's kidnapping fuels concerns about the dangers of the Internet—even as it demonstrates how today's devices can come to the rescue, Ars Technica reports. The Baltimore-area girl, identified in court as Jane Doe, communicated with several men via Xbox Live and social... More »

Cops Say Utah Girls Made Up Abduction Story

2 teens bought duct tape they were supposedly bound with: police

(Newser) - Two teen girls from Bountiful, Utah, who claimed to have been kidnapped at knifepoint, kept holed up all day in an SUV, and held overnight in September are now being accused of making the whole story up. The cops investigating the case say the girls appear to have used public... More »

Arrest in Murder of Woman Who Led Double Life

Client accused of killing secret escort Paige Birgfeld

(Newser) - Seven years ago, a western Colorado woman who lived a secret life as an escort went missing; her remains were discovered in 2012. Now, police have finally arrested a man accused of Paige Birgfeld's murder. Authorities say Lester Jones, 63, was a client of Birgfeld, the AP reports. He... More »

Detective Credits Kidnapping Victim for Smart Move

He thinks Carlesha Freeland-Gaither dropped her phone on purpose

(Newser) - The lead detective in the kidnapping of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither in Philadelphia credits two people for last night's rescue : the witness who called police and the 22-year-old victim herself. "She's an intelligent person," Detective Jim Sloan tells the Philadelphia Inquirer . Sloan thinks Freeland-Gaither intentionally dropped her phone... More »

Kidnapped Philly Woman Found Alive

Man in custody after Carlesha Freeland-Gaither rescued in Maryland

(Newser) - A woman whose violent abduction was captured on surveillance video in Philadelphia has been found alive and well in Maryland, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, is in good condition, and police say her assailant, identified as 37-year-old Delven Barnes, is in custody. NBC Philadelphia reports that police rescued... More »

Man Seen Using Kidnap Victim's ATM Card

Ex-boyfriend was obsessed with her, family says

(Newser) - A big lead in the search for a woman snatched from a Philadelphia street : Bank cameras captured an unknown man using an ATM card belonging to Carlesha Freeland-Gaither less than nine hours after she was kidnapped. Police say the card was used early on Monday about 75 miles from Philadelphia... More »

Philly Woman's Terrifying Abduction Caught on Tape

$15K reward offered to find who snatched 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither

(Newser) - Police are searching for a 22-year-old woman who is shown, in a terrifying three-minute surveillance video, being abducted off a Philadelphia street Sunday night. The video shows Carlesha Freeland-Gaither struggling with her kidnapper on the sidewalk before he finally manages to shove her into a gray sedan in the Germantown... More »

Journo Offers Stunning Account of Kidnapping, Torture

American Peter Theo Curtis, aka Theo Padnos, tells of 22 months with al-Nusra Front

(Newser) - The world was shocked and elated when American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released this summer after 22 months of being held in captivity in Syria by the militant al-Nusra Front group. Now Curtis, who writes under the name Theo Padnos, has penned an extraordinary account for the New York ... More »

Nigeria: We've Got Deal to Free Kidnapped Girls

No one's sure yet whether alleged ceasefire includes prisoner swap

(Newser) - A rep for Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says the country has reached a ceasefire deal with extremist group Boko Haram that secures the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in April, CNN reports. "[Boko Haram negotiators] assured that the schoolgirls and all other people in their captivity are... More »

Parents Still Searching for Missing Boy 25 Years Later

Family of Jacob Wetterling, abducted at age 11 in Minn., keep focus on his case

(Newser) - Twenty-five years is a long stretch by most measures, but especially when a parent is looking for a missing child. Patty and Jerry Wetterling of Minnesota have known this interminable passing of time since their 11-year-old son, Jacob, was abducted on Oct. 22, 1989. But as the 25th anniversary of... More »

Suspect: Realtor Targeted Because She Was Rich, Worked Alone

Arron Lewis pleads not guilty to kidnapping, murder of Beverly Carter

(Newser) - A little more light is perhaps being shed on the death of real estate agent Beverly Carter : A suspect in the murder, Arron Lewis, told reporters that Carter was targeted because "she was a woman that worked alone—a rich broker," Fox News reports. But he's not... More »

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