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'Romantic' Emails Between Missing Teacher, Girl Found

Family says teen once hid from teacher Tad Cummins

(Newser) - Elizabeth Thomas, the 15-year-old girl believed to have been abducted by teacher Tad Cummins two weeks ago, once hid from Cummins when he turned up at her workplace, her family says. One of the Thomas family's lawyers tells News 2 that, according to Elizabeth's father, she hid in... More »

Arrest Made After Woman's Dramatic Kidnapping Escape

Manuel Towns was just freed from prison 2 months ago

(Newser) - Last week, a 25-year-old nursing student in Alabama made a dramatic escape from the trunk of her car, where she had been locked at gunpoint, NBC News reports. On Tuesday, her alleged kidnapper was arrested. According to AL.com , 28-year-old Manuel Towns was released from prison two months ago after... More »

Unlikely Item Helped Kidnap Victim Escape Trunk

Quick thinking, light of insulin pump gave Brittany Diggs the chance to escape

(Newser) - The Alabama nursing student whose brave kidnapping escape was caught on a gas station's surveillance video last week revealed that her insulin pump played a role in her getaway. In an exclusive interview with the Today show on Monday, Brittany Diggs, 25, said the faint light of her insulin... More »

Cops Think Teacher Kidnapped His 15-Year-Old Student

Tennesee police looking for Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas

(Newser) - Tennessee police are renewing their plea to the public to be on the lookout for a 50-year-old teacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old female student. Tad Cummins disappeared along with Elizabeth Thomas on Monday, and surveillance video from a gas station in Decatur, Alabama, appears to show Cummins there that... More »

Watch the Moment a Kidnap Victim Makes Her Big Escape

She popped out of a car trunk at an Alabama gas station

(Newser) - A frightening ordeal for a kidnapped woman came to an end at an Alabama gas station late Tuesday night, and her escape was caught on tape. Sgt. Bryan Shelton says that the 25-year-old was abducted outside her Birmingham apartment around 10:30pm, with the suspect throwing her in the trunk... More »

Militants Behead Sailor Who Was Kidnapped Twice

Kantner survived pirate abduction in 2008

(Newser) - A German man who resumed sailing around the world after being released by Somali pirates in 2008 has been murdered by militants in the Philippines who kidnapped him a second time . The extremist group Abu Sayyaf has released video of the beheading of 70-year-old Juergen Kantner, who was kidnapped while... More »

After a Torture-Filled Abduction, a Survivor Speaks

Nicholas Kollias: 'I didn't want to die and give in to these people'

(Newser) - A University of Rochester student who endured a nearly two-day abduction in late 2015 is still getting his legs back after the terrifying incident, and while it hasn't been easy, Nicholas Kollias is determined to persevere. The Chicago Tribune revisits how the classical pianist and athlete from the Chicago... More »

Teen Stolen at Birth Has Kind Words for 'Mom,' Not for 'Dad'

'I was given the best life,' says Alexis Manigo

(Newser) - She was born Kamiyah Mobley and snatched from her then-16-year-old mother out of a Florida hospital room when she was just hours old—but for the next 18 years, she was raised as Alexis Manigo, and she loved that life. "From that one mistake I was given the best... More »

Teen Allegedly Abducted as Newborn Cries, Calls Out to 'Mama' at Hearing

Kamiyah Mobley was raised as Alexis Manigo

(Newser) - Heartbreaking video shows Kamiyah Mobley, the 18-year-old abducted as a newborn and raised by a family not her own, sobbing and reaching out toward the woman accused of kidnapping her all those years ago. Gloria Williams, 51, who is accused of posing as a nurse and taking Mobley from her... More »

4 Charged With Hate Crime After Video of Beating Goes Viral

Suspects in Facebook Live video overheard saying they hoped video would go viral

(Newser) - Four people have been arrested and charged with a hate crime in the beating of an 18-year-old with mental disabilities that was broadcast on Facebook Live in what a police rep is calling a "reprehensible" 30-minute video. The man's parents had dropped him off at a McDonald's... More »

Iraqi Journalist Kidnapped Hours After Criticizing Gov't Official

8 gunmen reportedly took her from Baghdad home

(Newser) - Armed men posing as members of security forces have kidnapped an Iraqi journalist from her home in Baghdad. Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi, also identified as Afrah Shawqi Hammudi, was seized around 10pm Monday in the Saidiya neighborhood, say security officials. "Eight armed men burst into her house in Saidiya dressed... More »

Man Gets 155 Years for Crime 'Worse Than Homicide'

Torture of college students 'almost indescribable': prosecutor

(Newser) - A 27-year-old man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after two college students were lured to a Rochester, NY, home by two women, then tied up and beaten over 40 hours in a horrifying crime that could have come from the script of a Quentin Tarantino movie,... More »

Video of Kidnapped Couple Shows Sons Born in Captivity

Taliban abducted American Caitlan Coleman and Canadian Joshua Boyle in 2012

(Newser) - A newly released video of an American woman and her Canadian husband kidnapped by the Taliban four years ago shows them with two young boys—their own sons born in captivity. Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman were abducted in Afghanistan while on a backpacking trip in 2012, and Coleman, now... More »

Cops: Boy, 11, Helped Save Girl From Kidnapper

Texas boy saw man snatch girl off scooter

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was saved from a kidnapper thanks to the impressive actions of 11-year-old TJ Smith, say police in Wichita Falls, Texas. TJ tells KAUZ that he saw alleged kidnapper Raeshawn Perez grab the girl when she was playing outside Saturday afternoon. "She was riding her scooter and... More »

MetLife Employee Disappears Without a Trace

Parents of Danielle Stislicki suspect foul play

(Newser) - A 28-year-old MetLife employee in Southfield, Mich., has been missing since she left work around 5pm on Dec. 2, and as the days crawl by, her parents fear their oldest of four has been the target of foul play. Danielle Stislicki is a "people person" who's both "... More »

Tired of Kidnappings, Mexicans Kidnap Gang Leader's Mom

Vigilantes say they're 'legitimate self-defense force' against Raybel Jacobo de Almonte, posse

(Newser) - The way to a Mexican gang leader's heart isn't his stomach—it's his mom. At least, that's what vigilantes in a Mexican town in southern Guerrero state are banking on, holding hostage the mother of drug kingpin Raybel Jacobo de Almonte, aka "El Tequilero,"... More »

16-Year-Old Charged in Alaska Teen's Murder

'Others involved in this incident have been identified'

(Newser) - A 16-year-old has been charged with murder after remains were found in Palmer, Alaska, on Friday. Official identification of the body is pending, though authorities believe it is that of 16-year-old David Grunwald, who vanished after dropping off his girlfriend in Butte on Nov. 13. A day later, his Ford... More »

Husband Describes Sherri Papini's Kidnap Ordeal

He says captors kept bag over her head

(Newser) - Sherri Papini's captors put a bag over her head and kept her chained up any time she was in a vehicle, husband Keith Papini says. "She was bound" and "had a metal chain around her waist," the California woman's husband says in an interview with... More »

Husband: Sherri Papini Weighed 87 Lbs. When Found

Says his wife suffered 'both intense physical agony and severe mental torture'

(Newser) - Keith Papini says his wife suffered "both intense physical agony and severe mental torture" while held captive for 22 days, and anyone spreading "disgusting" rumors "should be ashamed of their malicious, subhuman behavior." In a statement to ABC News , the husband of Sherri Papini—who flagged... More »

Missing Jogger Flags Down Car Weeks After Kidnapping

Papini was released by captors on rural road, sheriff says

(Newser) - Sherri Papini, the California mom who was found alive after vanishing three weeks ago, was released by her captors on a rural road early Thursday morning, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko says. The sheriff told a press conference Thursday afternoon that Papini had been bound with restraints when she was... More »

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