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Note Left By Kidnapper Seeks Unspecified Ransom

July 30, 1988

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ A ransom note left by the kidnapper of an ailing woman indicates the abduction may have been an act of revenge against her wealthy husband, a psychiatrist said.

Annie L. Hearin, 72, was reported missing by her husband, Robert Hearin, Tuesday night shortly before he found the note, which demanded an unspecified amount in ransom and instructed him not to notify police, authorities said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Chip Pippen said Friday that police would not be making any statements about the case until there is a major development.

Mrs. Hearin was last seen Tuesday afternoon when she held a bridge party at her Jackson home. Her husband found the typewritten note inside the front door.

Hearin, 70, is president and chief executive officer of Mississippi Valley Gas Co., one of Mississippi’s biggest utilities, and is a major stockholder in Lamar Life Insurance Co. and Trustmark National Bank, the state’s second- largest financial institution.

He also has oil and gas and other interests and once owned a stake in football’s New York Jets. His wealth has been estimated at more than $100 million.

Rodrigo Galvez, a psychiatrist called in to analyze the letter and profile the kidnapper, said the note listed several groups as ″being wronged.″ The psychiatrist refused to identify the groups or give further details.

The kidnapper ″will tell later how much the family must pay,″ Galvez said. He said the letter promised Mrs. Hearin will be returned to her family if the note is followed.

Mrs. Hearin suffers from a chronic inflammation of the small intestine that requires daily medication, without which she could die, officials said.

Mayor Dale Danks said the note was ″very vague and difficult to comply with″ because it made no specific demands of where to send ransom money or how much to send. He said the kidnapper had made no further contact with the family.

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