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July 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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December 5, 2004 | Jan Dennis, Associated Press Writer
The last time that Scott Heimdal set out in search of sunken treasure, he ended up being the bounty instead, kidnapped and held for ransom in the jungles of South America for two months not knowing whether he would live or die. Now, nearly 15 years after his central Illinois hometown raised the cash that bought his freedom, Heimdal is preparing to head back to Ecuador to resume a treasure-hunting dream that still burns hotter than his memories of 61 days at the mercy of Colombian rebels.
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July 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
Colombian guerrillas who kidnaped an American gold miner two months ago freed their captive after accepting $60,000 raised by the folks back home in Peoria--one-tenth the ransom the rebels had demanded. Scott Heimdal, 27, who had been held in the Colombian jungle across the border from Ecuador, was reunited Friday evening with his parents, who flew to Quito from Illinois last week to take charge of negotiations for their son's release.
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July 4, 1990 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Independence Day came a bit early to Peoria this year. The city, which raised the funds to win the release of kidnaped Scott Heimdal, is welcoming him home, in the same neighborly but matter-of-fact way it went about helping win his freedom from Colombian guerrillas. No parade. No big hero's welcome. Not a lot of self-congratulation for the way they came to the aid of this native son they hardly knew.
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July 4, 1990 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Independence Day came a bit early to Peoria this year. The city, which raised the funds to win the release of kidnaped Scott Heimdal, is welcoming him home, in the same neighborly but matter-of-fact way it went about helping win his freedom from Colombian guerrillas. No parade. No big hero's welcome. Not a lot of self-congratulation for the way they came to the aid of this native son they hardly knew.
NEWS
December 5, 2004 | Jan Dennis, Associated Press Writer
The last time that Scott Heimdal set out in search of sunken treasure, he ended up being the bounty instead, kidnapped and held for ransom in the jungles of South America for two months not knowing whether he would live or die. Now, nearly 15 years after his central Illinois hometown raised the cash that bought his freedom, Heimdal is preparing to head back to Ecuador to resume a treasure-hunting dream that still burns hotter than his memories of 61 days at the mercy of Colombian rebels.
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May 2, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scott Heimdal, 28, an American employee of International Mining Co., was abducted by Colombian guerrillas in a remote area in northern Ecuador, a U.S. official said. Heimdal was kidnaped Saturday while traveling by boat with three Ecuadoreans and a Colombian near the Ecuador-Colombia border, said Gregory Lagana, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Quito.
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July 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A freed U.S. gold miner leaving today for his Illinois hometown said Colombian rebels who held him captive for 61 days in the Amazon jungle had treated him "like a king." Despite his ordeal, 27-year-old Scott Heimdal said he would return to Ecuador. He smiled at reporters as he arrived this morning at Quito airport. "They never bothered me," he said of his kidnapers before he left on a flight via Miami and Chicago.
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May 19, 2007 | Alan Zarembo and Karen Kaplan, Times Staff Writers
Deep-sea treasure hunters said Friday that they had recovered what could be a record haul of gold and silver coins from a colonial-era shipwreck -- but their failure to provide many details has set off a galleon-sized controversy over their claims. The hunters from Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., a Tampa, Fla.-based company, said their haul had so far totaled about 17 tons of coins, more than 500,000 in all.
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July 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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July 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
Colombian guerrillas who kidnaped an American gold miner two months ago freed their captive after accepting $60,000 raised by the folks back home in Peoria--one-tenth the ransom the rebels had demanded. Scott Heimdal, 27, who had been held in the Colombian jungle across the border from Ecuador, was reunited Friday evening with his parents, who flew to Quito from Illinois last week to take charge of negotiations for their son's release.
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