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Seven Arrested After Daughter of Multimillionaire Ransomed

December 24, 1990

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Seven people were arrested in the kidnapping of the daughter of a Vancouver multimillionaire who was freed after a ransom was paid, authorities said Sunday.

Few details were released about the abduction of 30-year-old Cynthia Kilburn, who was kidnapped from her home in this Vancouver suburb Friday morning and freed 14 hours later on Saturday. Police did not disclose the ransom amount.

Mrs. Kilburn was shaken, but otherwise unharmed during the ordeal, Royal Canadian Mounted Police in North Vancouver said. Her 4-year-old twins, a boy and a girl who were bound and left at the home, also apparently were unharmed even though they were left alone most of the day.

″We’re fine,″ Mrs. Kilburn’s husband, Alan, said Saturday night. ″It was pretty tense but we’re fine.″

Mrs. Kilburn is the daughter of Jim Pattison, who was chairman of the Expo ’86 World’s Fair in Vancouver. His conglomerate, Jim Pattison Group, owns several auto dealerships, a supermarket chain and radio stations.

Three men and four juveniles, including a girl, were arrested late Saturday and early Sunday at various locations, police Sgt. Bill Sharp said. Their names were withheld.

″We’re very grateful to the Lord that everything turned out all right,″ Pattison said after his blindfolded daughter had been dropped off on a north Vancouver street corner. ″These kinds of things make you aware that the world has got some circumstances that you have to be aware of.″

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