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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 »

Murder, Kidnapping Suspect Says Victim Promised Her a Baby

Yesenia Sesmas claims she had a deal

(Newser) - A Texas woman accused of fatally shooting a new mom and kidnapping her baby has told police she did so because the child had been promised to her, reports KWCH . Suspect Yesenia Sesmas, 34 is a former co-worker of 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda, who was found dead in her Wichita home... More »

Abductor Picks Up Ransom; Victim Found Dead Anyway

Theresa Wiltse is in custody

(Newser) - A woman acknowledged kidnapping another woman and picking up a $250,000 ransom that authorities handed over in hopes of the safe return of the victim, but her body was found along a rural road in Washington state two days later, a police report said Monday. Police tailed and arrested... More »

Jacob Wetterling's Family Confronts Boy's Killer

Danny Heinrich sentenced to 20 years for 11-year-old's murder—but not before Jacob's loved ones spoke

(Newser) - It was a tense, emotional courtroom scene in Minneapolis Monday morning as one chapter in the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling came to a close. At a US District Court hearing for 53-year-old Danny Heinrich, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on one... More »

Cops: Discarded Water Bottle Helped Solve 1999 Rape

2 friends accused of 11-year-old's rape, abduction

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl's kidnapping and rape in Santa Ana, Calif., may be solved after 17 years thanks in part to a discarded water bottle. For years, detectives had few leads apart from a surveillance video from a gas station showing a man in a van covering the girl's... More »

Elite Anti-Kidnapping Unit Rescues American Judge

Colombia captors demanded $33K ransom

(Newser) - Colombian authorities say they've safely rescued a Los Angeles-area judge kidnapped almost a week ago while on vacation in the South American nation. Police say Judge Benny Osorio's captors had demanded a $33,000 ransom for his release. An elite anti-kidnapping unit using intelligence information rescued the judge... More »

Mexican Priest Alive, but With 'Notable Signs of Torture'

Rev. Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz had been abducted 3 days earlier

(Newser) - Since September, four Roman Catholic priests in Mexico have been abducted—and only one has come back alive. That priest, the Rev. Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz, was found "dumped, with notable signs of torture" three days after he disappeared from the state of Veracruz, a bishop tells the AP... More »

Married Couple Found Buried on Suspected Serial Killer's Lot

They were reported missing back in December 2015

(Newser) - Two of the bodies found on the property of a South Carolina man were identified Wednesday as a married couple that went missing in December 2015, CBS News reports. Authorities have been searching land belonging to Todd Kohlhepp since a missing woman was found chained on his property last week.... More »

The Disturbing Teen Years of the SC Kidnapping Suspect

Former neighbor says Todd Kohlhepp was a 'devil on a chain'

(Newser) - A 45-year-old man charged with keeping a missing woman chained up like a dog on his South Carolina property was described as a "devil on a chain" by a neighbor decades ago, Greeneville Online reports. In 1986, Todd Kohlhepp—15 at the time—forced a 14-year-old girl back to... More »

Body Found on Land Where Woman Was Kept Chained

Friends say she was lured there for a cleaning job

(Newser) - A woman who was " chained up like a dog " for weeks in a dark storage container was lured to her captor's South Carolina property for a cleaning job, a family friend said Friday as search teams digging up the area found one body and looked for more.... More »

Missing Woman Found Chained Up on Sex Offender's Property

Kala Brown and her boyfriend were reported missing in August

(Newser) - A 30-year-old woman reported missing in August was found Thursday "chained ... like a dog" inside a storage container in South Carolina, WYFF reports. Kala Brown and her 32-year-old boyfriend Charlie Carver disappeared Aug. 31. Sheriff's deputies were investigating a 100-acre property after getting a tip about a sex... More »

The 'All-American Sweetheart' Kidnapped by the Taliban

And why we never hear about Caitlan Coleman, her husband, and the 2 kids she's had in captivity

(Newser) - Caitlan Coleman hailed from Stewartstown, Pa., a "land where bad things aren't supposed to happen." And yet a gripping Philadelphia magazine story describes how something bad did happen to the 26-year-old and her husband—Canadian activist Joshua Boyle, once married to the sister of Gitmo prisoner Omar... More »

American Aid Worker Kidnapped in Niger

Gunmen killed 2, fled over Mali border

(Newser) - Gunmen stormed the house of a longtime American aid worker in Niger, killing two people before fleeing with the man toward the border with Mali, authorities say. It is believed to be the first time an American citizen has been abducted in the vast Sahel region, where al-Qaeda and criminal... More »

Cops: Husband Faked Own Kidnapping to Hang With Pals

Rogelio Andaverde apparently really wanted to get out of the house

(Newser) - In fairness to Rogelio Andaverde, two masked men did force their way into his Texas home and take him away at gunpoint in front of his terrified wife. It's just that police say he staged the whole thing—because he wanted to spend some time with the boys and... More »

Trunk 'Kidnapping' Might Have Been Something Else

Police aren't ruling out a suicide

(Newser) - Doubts are now emerging about a harrowing tale of a woman kidnapped, thrown in her trunk, and then murdered. Though police in Montana and Washington initially described Rita Maze's death as a homicide, now they aren't so sure, reports KHQ . At this point, they are ruling out no... More »

Kidnapped Woman Found Dead After Call From Trunk of Car

She told family she was attacked at rest stop

(Newser) - Cops in Montana and Washington state are looking for suspects after a terrifying and apparently completely random kidnapping at a rest stop on Interstate 15. The victim, 47-year-old Rita Maze, was able to call her husband, daughter, and police from the trunk of a car, but investigators were unable to... More »

'Dead' BYU Student Possibly Abducted by N. Korea 12 Years Ago

And may actually be alive and teaching English in Pyongyang, per report

(Newser) - How did a Brigham Young student who vanished more than a decade ago suddenly (and allegedly) pop up as a teacher in North Korea? The family of David Sneddon—who was 24 when he disappeared in China in 2004—tells KSL that a Yahoo Japan report reveals Sneddon has emerged... More »

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