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Honduras Kidnap Victim Released

January 8, 2001

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ A 4-year-old American girl was released three days after being kidnapped in Honduras, police said Monday.

Tiffany Richards of Tampa, Fla., was found Sunday in a park in the town of El Progreso, 80 miles north of Tegucigalpa, the capital, police spokesman Donaldo Burquet said.

Burquet said no ransom was paid for Tiffany, youngest daughter of Honduran Elsa Guzman and American Douglas Richards. The family came to Honduras on Nov. 23 to stay at their home here.

On Thursday, three men with AK-47 rifles stormed a ranch in Rio Lindo, 100 miles north of the capital, and took the girl. A mechanic at the ranch has been arrested, Burquet said.

He said officials believe the girl was released because the kidnappers became nervous when U.S. officials began investigating the case.

In the last five years there have been some 200 kidnappings in Honduras. Three people have been killed by their captors.

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