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Kidnapped American Tourist Is Freed

Kimberly Sue Endicott was held in Uganda for 5 days
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2019 4:31 PM CDT
Updated Apr 8, 2019 1:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – A kidnapped American tourist is safe and sound after an unexpectedly dramatic vacation. In Uganda for a safari, Kimberly Sue Endicott and her local guide were abducted at gunpoint from Queen Elizabeth National Park on Tuesday night and held for $500,000. The Guardian says it's unclear whether money exchanged hands, while the New York Times and ABC News say it did, but how much is unknown. CNN and the Times quote a source saying the touring company Wild Frontiers paid for their release Sunday. A company official says the California esthetician and her guide, Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo, are "enjoying a square meal and hot shower" at a camp in Uganda. (Read more kidnapping stories.)

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