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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 »

Missing Realtor's Body Found in Shallow Grave

Kidnapping suspect in Beverly Carter case now charged with murder

(Newser) - Authorities have recovered the body of Beverly Carter, the Arkansas real estate agent who disappeared after showing a home Thursday . THV11 reports her body was found in a shallow grave on a property in Pulaski County; the AP describes the location as that of the Argos concrete company. Officials headed... More »

Arkansas Realtor Went to Show Home, Disappeared

Parolee Arron Lewis charged with kidnapping in case of Beverly Carter

(Newser) - An Arkansas real estate agent has gone missing in the vicinity of Little Rock after going to show a home on Thursday. Some 200 volunteers searched for 49-year-old Beverly Carter yesterday and will continue the effort today, CNN reports. Police have arrested Arron Lewis, 33, on kidnapping charges, reports ABC... More »

Israel: We Shot Dead Hamas Agent Who Killed 3 Teens

And another suspect wounded, military says

(Newser) - Israel says one of the Palestinian men responsible for kidnapping and murdering three Israeli teens has been killed, and another suspect seriously wounded. Both were Hamas operatives, the Israeli military said today, adding that they opened fire on security forces, which fired back, killing one and injuring the other. Hundreds... More »

Prisoner Swap for Kidnapped Girls? Militants in Talks

Boko Haram seeks return of 30 commanders: CNN

(Newser) - Boko Haram militants have been meeting with officials to discuss the possible release of some 200 girls kidnapped in April, CNN reports. Talks between two top Boko Haram figures and officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross and Nigeria's government hinge on the possibility of a prisoner... More »

US: We Asked Qatar Not to Pay Ransom for Journalist

Curtis released on 'humanitarian basis,' father says

(Newser) - American officials say they didn't pay a penny to secure the release of kidnapped journalist Peter Theo Curtis —and they asked Qatar not to offer money to the Nusra Front militants holding him. A White House spokesman says the US government put the Curtis family in touch with... More »

Why We Shouldn't Pay Ransom for Journalists

It would boost the risk for others: Thomas E. Ricks

(Newser) - Word is that a multimillion-dollar ransom might have saved James Foley, but the US doesn't fulfill such demands—and it's right not to, writes a journalist who's seen dangerous reporting firsthand. While it's a tragedy that last year, almost 50 journalists were reported killed in the... More »

Cops: Couple Lured Amish Girls With Puppy

Vaisey, Howells 'planned to make girls their slaves'

(Newser) - The upstate New York couple accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing two Amish sisters planned to make the girls their slaves, police say. At a hearing yesterday, a police officer testified that Nicole Vaisey and Stephen Howells were on what they called a "shopping trip" when they seized the... More »

In a First, India Executing Women: Sister Serial Killers

Pair convicted of murdering five kids, suspected in other killings

(Newser) - Serial killer sisters, who kidnapped and murdered at least five children, are poised to become the first women hanged in India, reports the Washington Post . “This is indeed one of the rarest of the rare cases where the perpetrators deserve the death sentence,” a human rights lawyer tells... More »

Couple Charged With Kidnapping 2 Amish Sisters

Police suspect they were planning to go after more victims

(Newser) - Police say they've caught the abductors of two young Amish sisters in northern New York, reports AP . Stephen Howells, 39, and girlfriend Nicole Vaisey, 25, are charged with kidnapping, and St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said today there was a "definite potential" that the couple would have... More »

Girl Missing 9 Months Had 'Horrific' Experience: Lawyer

Abigail Hernandez's family releases statement

(Newser) - The survival of Abigail Hernandez through a "horrific" nine-month abduction is being called a miracle by her family. "For many months, she suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence," one of her lawyers says in a new statement on behalf of the family. "Through her faith, fortitude,... More »

How Europe Nations Fund Half of al-Qaeda's Budget

By paying ransoms after kidnappings: New York Times investigation

(Newser) - Brit Edwin Dyer was kidnapped in 2009 by al-Qaeda in North Africa, along with a German and a Swiss couple. Like the US, Britain doesn’t pay ransoms and didn’t in this case—and Dyer was killed. But his fellow captives were released after their governments paid al-Qaeda a... More »

Arrest Made After Missing Girl's Mysterious Return

Nathaniel E. Kibby charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez

(Newser) - There are still more questions than answers, at least publicly, surrounding the mysterious case of Abigail Hernandez , the New Hampshire girl who is back home after going missing nine months ago—but a suspect in the case was arrested today, and charged with kidnapping her. Nathaniel E. Kibby, 34, of... More »

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