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October 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An elderly American businessman kidnapped in the Mexican coastal resort of Acapulco almost four months ago has been released after his family paid a ransom. Ron Lavender, 85, has worked in the real estate business in Mexico for decades. He was seized by four men June 22 and was freed Tuesday. Lavender said he was generally treated and fed well. The kidnappers initially demanded a ransom of $1.5 million. Lavender declined to say how much was eventually paid.
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June 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Armed men have kidnapped one of the leading U.S. businessmen in Acapulco, officials said. Real estate agent Ron Lavender was in a car on the resort city's waterfront when it was intercepted by two vehicles. Lavender was forced to get into one of the vehicles, City Councilwoman Gloria Maria Sierra said. Mayor Zeferino Torreblanca also confirmed Lavender's abduction. Lavender, an Iowa native, moved to Acapulco in 1954 and is one of its best-known real estate agents.
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March 31, 2002 | LISA J. ADAMS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Miguel Soriano sat in darkness, wondering whether he would live or die. Bound and blindfolded, his mind was the only thing allowed to run free, flashing memories of his life and worst-case scenarios of what could happen to him, his wife and his children. "The days became eternal," Soriano said. "I kept thinking the worst, and 'Why me?' " Why indeed? This was no millionaire, just the humble owner of five small graphic arts businesses.
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