posted on Jul, 20 2006 @ 12:18 PM
In Haiti two missionaries from the United States were kidnapped Thursday by an unknown group. The ransom price was set at $500,000 but through FBI
negotiations the price was lowered to $100,000. There is no ransom details being discussed right now by the U.S. government agencies with the news,
but there is thought to believe more to the negotiations. The two men were from North Carolina, a Tom Barron and William Eugene Seastrum. The two men
were driving to their church in Haiti on Thursday and were kidnapped. One of the missionaries was allowed to call his wife in the U.S. so the FBI
believes they are in good health.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Kidnappers have demanded $100,000 for the release of two U.S. missionaries seized on their way to church in Haiti's capital,
a U.N. official said Thursday. The captors initially sought $500,000 but lowered the ransom demand during negotiations with the
FBI, said Leslie Dallemand, chief of the U.N. peacekeeping mission's anti-kidnapping unit.
An FBI spokeswoman in Miami, Judy Orihuela, declined to comment on the demand, saying the U.S. law enforcement agency doesn't discuss ransom
Tom Barron, a minister at The Mustard Seed church, and member William Eugene Seastrum were driving to church early Sunday when assailants stopped
their car and dragged them out, Dallemand said. Both missionaries are from High Point, North Carolina.
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In Haiti kidnapping was very rare and unseen, but since the fall of former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide there has been and elevated
kidnapping rate. The kidnappings are possibly an effort to destabilize the new current government of President Rene Preval. At least 29 people have
been abducted in Haiti since July and 43 Americans Last years and three were killed. These efforts to bring down the current government seem to have
no toll. The American people in Haiti seem to be a large target indeed for many radicals, hopefully to stop the continued efforts of many missionaries
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[edit on 20/7/2006 by Mirthful Me]