February 2, 2001 |
A U.S. oil worker kidnapped in the Ecuadorean jungle in October has been found shot to death, in what appears to be the work of a gang of Ecuador-based kidnappers who are holding four other Americans, U.S. officials said Thursday. The body of Ronald Clay Sander, 54, an oil technician from Missouri, was found by a roadside Wednesday morning in Sucumbios province, near Ecuador's northeastern border with Colombia.
October 17, 2000 |
Two Frenchman kidnapped with eight other foreign oil workers in the Amazon region of Ecuador escaped from their captors and found refuge in the capital, Quito, the government said. Jean-Louis Froidurot and Jamy Marcelly broke free from their kidnappers and returned to Quito, where they were under the protection of local law enforcement officials, the government said. The 10 foreigners were kidnapped Thursday from an oil camp about 160 miles south of Ecuador's border with Colombia.
October 13, 2000 |
Ten oil workers, including at least five Americans, were kidnapped from an Amazon jungle oil field in a hijacked helicopter on Thursday in an act that Ecuadorean officials blamed on Colombian guerrillas. Ecuadorean Vice President Pedro Pinto charged that the predawn abduction, which occurred in a remote area of Ecuador near Colombia's main coca-growing region, is rebel revenge for a $1.3-billion U.S. anti-drug package.
December 20, 1999 |
Seven Canadian oil workers and an American seized more than three months ago in an oil-producing region of Ecuador's Amazon jungle were released Sunday, the armed forces said. The eight men were found about 2 p.m. in the jungle near the Colombian border "after they had been released by their captors," a statement from the armed forces joint command said. The statement said they were in good health and in the care of the military and would be turned over to their respective embassies.
July 3, 1990 |
Wearing an "I love Peoria" T-shirt, an Illinois gold miner freed by Colombian rebels after 61 days returned to the United States and his boyhood home. He said his kidnapers had treated him "with great respect." Scott Heimdal, 27, said earlier after arriving at Miami International Airport with his mother, Marge, that he was trying to find words to thank those in his hometown of Peoria, Ill.
July 22, 1987 |
A military court on Tuesday handed prison sentences to 58 air force commandos who took part in the 11-hour kidnaping of President Leon Febres Cordero last January. Thirty-six others were acquitted. Febres Cordero was released unharmed after he signed a pardon for retired air force Gen. Frank Vargas Pazzos, the commandos' former leader. Two presidential bodyguards were killed in the Jan. 16 abduction.