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$50,000 reward offered for capture, conviction of Canadian expat’s kidnappers

Nine months have passed since Canadian expat Ryan Piercy was kidnapped in Costa Rica, and authorities here appear no closer to solving the case despite assurances this week from detectives that they are aggressively pursuing all leads.

FARC rebel pleads guilty to taking US hostages in 2003

Diego Alfonso Navarete Beltrán faces the possibility of a maximum sentence of life in prison for participating in the kidnapping of U.S. defense contractors Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell in 2003 after their plane made an emergency landing during an anti-drug surveillance mission.

Peru rescues 15 people, including children, held by Shining Path rebels

The rebels are holding 60 to 80 more children in hard-to-reach areas, the Peruvian government says.

Mexico check girl’s DNA after US custody mixup

MORELIA, Mexico – Mexican authorities are conducting DNA tests on a girl who may be the daughter of a Texas woman after the wrong child was forcibly sent to the United States last month.

Canadian expat Ryan Piercy, missing for one month, appears safe at his Costa Rica home, police say

After being missing for one month and likely kidnapped in Costa Rica, Canadian expat Ryan Piercy arrived safely at his home in western San José in a taxi at midnight on Saturday, a spokesman for the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) told The Tico Times.

Kidnappings in Mexico surge to the highest number on record

ECATEPEC, Mexico — The first time, after the men with police badges had lashed Adriana Carrillo's wrists and ankles with tape, and she had spent 37 hours in the back of a Nissan, her father tossed the $12,000 ransom in a black satchel over a graffiti-strewn brick wall and brought her nightmare to its conclusion. She took three days off and then went back to work.

Former Venezuelan boxing champion Antonio Cermeño kidnapped and killed

Cermeño was a World Boxing Association super bantamweight and featherweight champion in the late 1980s and '90s.

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