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Kidnapped Boy Rescued from Cave

September 22, 1986

MERIDA, Spain (AP) _ Police today rescued the 9-year-old grandson of a wealthy industrialist from a cave where the boy was found chained and captured three men accused of kidnapping him last week.

Police also recovered 37.5 million pesetas ($282,000) in ransom money that had been thrown out of a moving train by the boy’s father on orders of the kidnappers.

Raul Rodriguez, grandson of industrialist Isidoro Porras, was kidnapped Sept. 17 while playing in a park near his Merida home, in western Spain. His father is also named Raul, and his mother is Celia Porras.

Police said the younger Rodriguez was found chained early today in a cave near Alburquerque, about 35 miles from Merida.

″I was not afraid at any time,″ the boy told journalists after his release.

Two of the suspects were arrested when they picked up the ransom money, and the third was apprehended inside the cave, police said.

The suspects were identified as Jose Pedro Gonzalez Gallardo, a trucker, and his two sons, Vicente and Jose Pedro.

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