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Missing Developer Found With 'Thief' Carved on Face

Kevin McGeever says he can't remember what happened
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2013 4:08 PM CST
Missing Developer Found With 'Thief' Carved on Face
Property developer Kevin McGeever, 68.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – An Irish millionaire who vanished eight months ago has turned up disheveled on a country road saying kidnappers held him for ransom, the Guardian reports. Barefoot with the word "Thief" carved in his forehead, 68-year-old Kevin McGeever told Irish police that he couldn't remember what had happened or why his captors released him. But he said they gave him a cell phone to hold at all times. "He was very well educated, well spoken and polite and articulate," says the woman who found him. "He was just skin and bones."

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The Daily Mail reports that he had been kidnapped and tortured by the IRA and Russian mobsters to whom he owed money. Before all this, McGeever lived in a $4.7 million mansion called "Nirvana" and sold properties, including luxury homes in Dubai to British and Irish clients. He drove Hummers and a Porsche but liked mixing with locals in the town pub. "It's just the most bizarre thing ever," says a resident in his village of Craughwell. "The mystery thickens." One possible clue: In the 1970s and 80s, the IRA liked kidnapping rich businessmen for ransom money. (Read more kidnapping stories.)

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