American Kim Sue Endicott, guide abducted in Uganda returned safely after ransom paid

ABC News | 4/7/2019 | Staff
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An American woman and her safari guide who were kidnapped in a Ugandan wilderness park and held five days by armed captors were returned unharmed on Sunday after a ransom was paid for their release, authorities said.

Kim Sue Endicott of Southern California and her tour guide, Congolese national Jean-Paul Mirenge Remezo, were freed in a negotiated handover, officials said.

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The kidnappers who abducted them at gunpoint in Queen Elizabeth National Park had demanded a $500,000 ransom, but it was not immediately known how much was paid to secure their release or who paid it.

Endicott and Remezo were taken back to a lodge at the park, a spokesman for the Wild Frontiers Uganda safari operation told ABC News.

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(Uganda Wildlife Authority) The Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.

"Security services have this evening managed to rescue kidnapped citizen Kimberly Sue Endicott and her driver Jean Paul Mirenge [Remezo]," the government of Uganda tweeted.

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The tweet expressed appreciation to the Ugandan police and sister security agencies "that led the operation to return Sue and Jean Paul."

In a statement, the Ugandan government said Endicott and Remezo were "recovered unharmed, in good health" and were in the "safe hands of the joint security team."

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News of the kidnapped victims' release came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation got involved in the search and a relative of Edincott asked for more help for the U.S. government in finding Endicott, the owner of a Costa Mesa skincare shop.

Details of how Endicott and Remezo were saved were not immediately available.

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“The family has done what’s been asked of them to do. I think it’s the government’s time to help us,” Kim Endicott's cousin, Rich Endicott, a 62-year-old banker from Phoenix, Arizona, told the Associated Press.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed empathy for the Endicott family last week but said the U.S. has a...
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