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Lloyds of London May Repay Wynn for Daughter's Ransom

July 29, 1993|JOSHUA B. GOOD | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

LAS VEGAS — It appears that Lloyds of London will pick up the tab for the $1.45-million ransom paid by casino executive Stephen A. Wynn for the safe return of his eldest daughter, kidnaped from her home in a high-security neighborhood here this week.

Wynn has an insurance policy with Lloyds of London to cover kidnaping of Mirage Resorts Inc. executives and their families, say sources investigating Monday night's abduction of Kevin Q. Wynn, the gambling mogul's 26-year-old daughter.

Wynn, chairman of the four-casino company, took the ransom money from the cash cage at the Mirage, the company's flagship property on the Strip, police officials said.

He reportedly left the cash in a prearranged location and was told where to find his daughter. Mirage security guards discovered the woman shortly after midnight Tuesday on the floor of her four-door Audi, which was parked in the oversized vehicle lot at McCarran International Airport, authorities said.

As many as 10 FBI agents, along with the same number of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detectives, are investigating the kidnaping.

Investigators have a few clues to work with, including fingerprints found at Kevin Wynn's home, but do not expect to make any arrests soon.

According to investigators, Kevin Wynn arrived alone at her Spanish Trail home about 10 p.m. Monday. Inside her kitchen, one investigator said, she was confronted by two masked men. They had apparently gotten into the guarded, gated community by jumping a 6-foot wall.

The two men tied up the woman with surgical tape but apparently had not brought enough, so they also had to use some clothes to bind her, authorities said. The assailants put Wynn on the floor of her car and drove out of the community, perhaps with a third accomplice who acted as driver.

Additional evidence may come from a computerized license plate database kept by McCarran Airport. To keep track of how long people park in the airport's lots, attendants walk through at midnight and enter license numbers into hand-held computers, said Randall Walker, deputy director of aviation at McCarran.

At parking garage toll booths, airport workers check the license plates to verify how long drivers were parked at McCarran.

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