Kidnapped Nationals Catcher Alive: Cops

Venezuela police find kidnappers' vehicle, but not him
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2011 3:29 PM CST
Washington Nationals Catcher Wilson Ramos Alive After Kidnapping: Police
Washington Nationals' Wilson Ramos.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

(Newser) – The kidnappers of Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos still haven’t contacted his family, but Venezuelan police have tweeted to “confirm” the ballplayer is alive without providing details. In what officials say is a major breakthrough, they have found the vehicle kidnappers used to abduct Ramos, the Washington Post reports. The country’s justice minister said “the best investigators we have” are working on the case, the AP adds.

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“Our foremost concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts are with them at this time,” said a statement from Major League Baseball and the Nats. Ramos, 24, had recently returned to his native country to play in its winter baseball league. (He makes the MLB minimum of $415,000 a year with Washington.) Three suspects arrived at Ramos’ house last night at 7pm, his agent says. “Wilson was with his brother and father, and I understand that the car passed several times, checking things out. When they saw him outside, they took him away.” (Read more Wilson Ramos stories.)

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