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Kidnapped American And Colombian Industrialist Rescued

February 8, 1989

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) _ Police on Tuesday rescued a Colombian industrialist and an American 11 days after they were abducted in this western city, but their captors fled into the night, authorities said.

Norman Echavarria, a wealthy construction materials producer, and Michael Ray, a psychologist from Philadelphia, were found in good health after police, tipped off by local farmers, moved in on a suburban house where they were being held, said police commander Gen. Miguel Gomez Padilla.

The heavily armed kidnappers, as yet unidentified, had made no ransom demands, Padilla said. They seized Echavarria and Ray on Jan. 27 while they were driving in Medellin, Colombia’s second-largest city.

Police believe Ray, 36, who was visiting Echavarria, was abducted accidentally because the group’s apparent objective was to obtain a ransom for the wealthy Echavarria.

The abduction prompted a search by 1,000 men backed by helicopters in the mountainous region, said police Col. Carlos Otalora.

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