CHUR, Switzerland — The 19-year-old grandson of West German publisher Axel Springer has been kidnaped from an Alpine resort, police announced today.
Ending a 48-hour news blackout, police said the youth, Sven Axel Springer, was abducted Monday.
Colleagues said police discovered no signs of a struggle at the private Swiss school in Zuoz where the youth was last seen Sunday evening, dressed in pajamas and writing a letter, shortly before midnight.
Friends said he had planned to use a pay phone before going to bed.
Police said the Springer family had received a tape-recorded message from the youth saying that the kidnapers were demanding a ransom of 15 million marks, the equivalent of $3 million.
Police quoted the tape, played in eight separate telephone calls to Springer's mother, Rosemarie Springer, in Munich on Tuesday, as saying: