CARACAS, Venezuela – Officials said Thursday they have found the vehicle used by armed men who abducted Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, a case that highlights a sharp rise in kidnappings for ransom in Venezuela.
Police found the kidnappers’ vehicle abandoned in a nearby town Thursday morning and were gathering evidence, Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami told reporters.
“It’s a very important find,” he said, vowing to rescue Ramos and capture his abductors. He said anti-kidnapping units led by “the best investigators we have” were dispatched to the area in central Carabobo state.
The 24-year-old Venezuelan player, who had just finished his rookie season, was seized from his home by kidnappers on Wednesday night.
“The abductors haven’t made contact with the family or with anyone,” Domingo Alvarez, vice president of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, said in a telephone interview. “We’re worried.”
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