Kidnapped garage owner safe & sound

30th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

The 46-year-old man kidnapped by three men in Limburg on Monday has been found alive in the Netherlands.

30 June 2008

BELGIUM - The garage owner who was kidnapped in Zonhoven (Limburg province) has been found alive in the Netherlands, according to judicial sources and a family member. The news has been confirmed by the public prosecutor's office.

The 46-year-old Enver Tercan, of Turkish origin, went missing last Monday.

He was kidnapped by three masked men at his garage in the Limburg village of Zonhoven. They made off in a German-registered car that was found burned out at a carpool car park a few kilometres away in Houthalen.

There had been no news of Tercan since and the 14 detectives working on the case did not have a clue as to the man's whereabouts or the motive for the kidnapping.

The public prosecutor's office has confirmed that the kidnappers dropped the man in Baarle-Nassau, in the Netherlands. He was able to make his own way back to Hasselt, in Belgium.

"We cannot say anything yet about the motive for the kidnapping or the circumstances around the man's release," says Hasselt Public Prosecutor Marc Rubens. "The federal police are still investigating the case."

Marc Rubens had appealed directly to the kidnappers to make contact during a press conference held on Friday afternoon.

"Three children have been without their father since Monday. There was a reason for you kidnapping him and holding him captive. My message is to ask you to make contact one way or another with a person of your choice and tell them why you carried out the kidnapping."

"Give us a sign of life and start negotiating. As the Public Prosecutor, I will take into account any response that you might give to this request."

The judicial authorities also appealed to the media directly not to harass the family and friends of the kidnapped man, in the best interest of the investigation.

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