florida couple kidnapped in haiti
Florida couple has been kidnapped in Haiti and remain held at ransom, family says.
A Florida couple has been kidnapped in Haiti and remains captive under ransom demands, family members say, who are asking for help and pressuring US officials to find them.
A US State Department spokesperson told CNN they are “aware of reports of two U.S. citizens missing in Haiti.””When a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts, and we share information with families however we can,” the spokesperson said. “We have nothing further to share at this time.”
The couple went to Haiti to visit family and to attend a festival but were kidnapped on their bus ride from Port-au-Prince, according to a woman named Christie, claiming to be the victims’ niece.
They stopped the bus at a stop and then asked for Americans to get off the bus and their escorts off the bus, and then they took them,” she told CNN affiliate WPLG.
The kidnappers asked for $6,000 for the couple’s release, but after their family paid, they asked for more money, WPLG reports.