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Italian Police Rescue Teen Girl

June 7, 2000

TURIN, Italy (AP) _ Police smashed down the door of an apartment before dawn Wednesday and freed a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped nearly three weeks ago.

An Italian and two Albanians were arrested in the raid, said police spokesman Tulio Del Sette.

Rosa Laura Spadafora was last seen by a friend May 19 at a bus stop in the northern city of Turin. After her disappearance she phoned her parents telling them she had been kidnapped and that a ransom of $500,000 would have to be paid for her release.

Investigators initially suspected that the report of a kidnapping was a hoax and that Spadafora had run away from home.

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