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Authorities free victim kidnapped in March

The woman was taken in San Miguel de Allende and held for 78 days

An American woman kidnapped March 13 in San Miguel de Allende has been freed, state officials told a press conference yesterday.

Guanajuato Attorney General Carlos Zamarripa said a police operation succeeded in freeing the woman after she spent 78 days in captivity.

He said no ransom was paid although an “elevated” amount had been demanded.

One man has been arrested in connection with the case and others are being sought. Zamarripa said the kidnappers belong to a criminal gang linked to other kidnappings in San Miguel.

The Attorney General’s office has released a composite sketch of another individual believed to have been responsible for the kidnapping and asked for help from the public in identifying the suspect.

Arrest warrants have been issued for other presumed members of the gang, Zamarripa said.

State authorities said it was the first case in which a kidnapping victim had been freed without the payment of a ransom and a perpetrator identified.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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