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US Couple in Kenya: They Took Our 'Son' Without Explanation

Matt and Daisy Mazzoncini were 3-year-old Kiano's legal guardians, until authorities came for him

(Newser) - For two years, Matt and Daisy Mazzoncini, a Seattle couple living in Nairobi, Kenya, have called little Kiano, now 3, their son and cared for him as his legal guardians. That changed on April 5, when authorities swept into their home and took Kiano from them, which the Mazzoncinis now... More »

They Heard Faint Cries. In the 75-Foot Ravine: an Infant

Little Shaylie Madden's mother has been arrested for attempted murder

(Newser) - Little Shaylie Madden is lucky to be alive. Thanks to an alert couple in North Carolina, the 7-week-old is doing OK after she was found Thursday evening lying next to her car seat at the bottom of a 75-foot ravine outside of Chimney Rock—and her mother has now been... More »

Mom Says Man Tried to Kidnap Girl. Then the Story Changed

Man jailed, then released in West Virginia

(Newser) - A mother initially said an Egyptian man tried to kidnap her daughter from a West Virginia mall, but he was released from jail after she changed her story the following day. The mother and 5-year-old were shopping at Old Navy in the Huntington Mall in Barboursville on Monday night when... More »

A US Tourist Was on Safari. Now, a $500K Ransom

Kimberley Sue Endecott, her driver were abducted in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park: police

(Newser) - An American woman was kidnapped at gunpoint from Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park Tuesday night, Reuters reports. Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, and her Ugandan driver were on a game drive in the safari park when four gunmen ambushed the vehicle and took them both. An elderly couple at the... More »

A Teen Was Walking Her Dog. Then: 'Can Anybody Help Me?'

New Jersey 17-year-old heard alleged kidnap victim locked in a car trunk

(Newser) - A teen in New Jersey stumbled onto something quite unexpected Thursday morning—and her quick thinking helped rescue a man who'd been abducted, cops say. USA Today reports that 17-year-old Kayla Rose was walking her dog in Irvington when she strolled past a parked car and heard scratching and... More »

Woman Safe After 'Disturbing' Abduction, but Questions Remain

She was taken by a man at a Miami tire shop, and it's all caught on video

(Newser) - A woman shown on surveillance video being apparently abducted from a Florida tire shop last week is now being reported as safe, but details on what exactly happened are still murky. Per WPLG , Miami police say the woman was found Sunday after the Friday night incident, in which she was... More »

Deputies Passed a Single Car en Route to Closs Home

It was allegedly Jake Patterson's car

(Newser) - During Jake Patterson's arraignment on Monday, Jayme Closs' family sat on the prosecution's side in court. So too did Patterson's father, at least until he was asked by a deputy to move to the defense's side. CNN reports it tried to speak with Patrick Patterson Tuesday... More »

A 'Glorious Day' in Jayme Closs' Hometown, a Suspect Named

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has been charged with kidnapping Wisconsin teen, killing her parents

(Newser) - Jayme Closs is alive , and new details are emerging. The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, who went missing in October from her Barron home, where her parents were found shot dead, turned up about 60 miles away near Gordon Thursday after fleeing her captor. In what Barron Area School District Superintendent Diane... More »

Cops: Family Staged Baby's Kidnapping for Grim Reason

Police think 8-month-old King Jay Davila of Texas is probably dead

(Newser) - A Texas man and his mother have been charged with evidence tampering, but cops think the true crime is worse: that something terrible happened to the man's 8-month-old son, and that he had something to do with it. "Statements from multiple witnesses unfortunately lead us to believe that... More »

Someone Stole His Dog on Vacation. One Year Later, a Reunion

New Jersey man gets his Yorkie back after abduction in Virginia

(Newser) - A New Jersey man has been reunited with his dog, more than a year after the pooch was stolen from his car. The dognapping happened in Virginia when the owner was on vacation, the AP reports. A few days ago, the Yorkie named Buddah was taken in as a stray... More »

Woman Kidnapped in Late '80s Finally Rescued in Bolivia

She has been reunited with family, police say

(Newser) - An Argentinian woman who was kidnapped as a teenager in the late 1980s and taken out of the country has finally been reunited with her family, police say. In a statement, police said they rescued the 45-year-old woman and her 9-year-old son from human traffickers in southern Bolivia after a... More »

For 7 Years, She Plotted Her Escape From 'Caged Luxury'

Then UAE princess Latifa Bint Mohammed al-Maktoum was abducted as she tried to flee

(Newser) - "I'm making this video, because it could be the last video I make. Pretty soon, I'm going to be leaving somehow, and I'm not so sure of the outcome, but I'm 99% positive it will work." Those words are from a YouTube video recorded... More »

Arrest Made in Death of NC Teen

Michael Ray McLellan, 34, has been charged in kidnapping, murder of Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13

(Newser) - The FBI says an arrest has been made in the disappearance and death of a North Carolina teenager. A statement issued by the FBI says Michael Ray McLellan has been charged in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, per the AP . FOX Carolina reports that... More »

Tragic Find in Search for Kidnapped NC Teen

Authorities found body in search for Hania Aguilar

(Newser) - A body has been found in the search for a North Carolina teenager who was kidnapped from outside her home by a man with a bandanna over his face on Nov. 5. The FBI and Lumberton police say the body has not positively identified, but the family of 13-year-old Hania... More »

A Kidnapping of 78 on Sunday, a Release by Tuesday

Good news after mass child abduction in Cameroon

(Newser) - All 78 students kidnapped by anti-government separatists in Cameroon Sunday have been freed, officials now say, but the ordeal isn't over for everyone. The BBC reports that the children taken from Presbyterian Secondary School in Bamenda are now being questioned by authorities before they get to go home to... More »

Amber Alert After Girl Abducted Outside Own Home

North Carolina cops are searching for 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar

(Newser) - North Carolina has issued an Amber Alert for Hania Noelia Aguilar, a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from outside her Lumberton home Monday morning. Police say a man dressed all in black with a yellow bandanna over his face forced the teen into an SUV outside her home in the Rosewood mobile... More »

He Thought His Mom Was Dead. Then Came Dad's Arrest

Emotional reunion follows alleged abduction in 1987

(Newser) - A Canadian woman is encouraging "other families with missing children and loved ones not to ever, ever give up hope" after being reunited with the son she chased for 31 years. "The words, 'Your son is alive. We found him'—that is breathtaking," Lyneth Mann-Lewis... More »

Journo Held Captive for 3 Years in Syria: 'Now I Am in Turkey'

Jumpei Yasuda, abducted in 2015 by Nusra Front, is now safe

(Newser) - A Japanese freelance journalist who was freed after more than three years of captivity in Syria said Wednesday he's safe in neighboring Turkey. "My name is Jumpei Yasuda, Japanese journalist. I have been held in Syria for 40 months," Yasuda said, somewhat haltingly in English, in videotaped... More »

Abducted Going to Gym, Billionaire Turns Up Near Tennis Court

Mohammed Dewji is now safe at home in Tanzania after 9-day ordeal

(Newser) - Africa's youngest billionaire is back home. Mohammed Dewji, who was seized Oct. 11 by masked gunmen while headed to the gym in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, has been released, the BBC reports. "I have returned home safely," his company, MeTL Group, quoted the 43-year-old... More »

Puppy Yanked in Theft Caught on Video

Chipper is now back with his owner

(Newser) - A puppy is back with its owner after being stolen from its yard in broad daylight in a dognapping that was caught on surveillance video. Matt Ivy shared the footage from Saturday in a desperate attempt to get 10-week-old Chipper back; in it, two men can be seen pulling up... More »

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