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‘KIDNAPPER’ CONTACTS THE REPORTER NEWS ORG. WITH RANSOM INFO

‘KIDNAPPER’ CONTACTS THE REPORTER NEWS ORG. WITH RANSOM INFO
July 27
11:15 2018
Reporter: News Staff, July 26th. 2018, -

At 3:52am Mexican time – 4:52am local time on Thursday, the Reporter newspaper received an email with a message and a ransom request to be delivered to the family of Omero Campos. The note reads – “He is alive, safe and sound. Pay 5 bitcoins now and we release Omero Campos immediately. Failure by August 1 Omero Campos dies without further reference.” The email ends with what we presume is an account number, “5 bitcoins to 12HLyHFFQ23LsXaq6N7czz9sEmXPKoFUXa.”

The alleged kidnapping of Campos is mysterious and bizarre. On Sunday, June 17, more than a month ago, the businessman from San Narciso in Corozal told his family goodbye and headed to his farm in San Victor. He never returned home, and on June 18 it was reported that he had been kidnapped, and his family had received a request for a million dollars to secure his release. The Police remained quiet about the matter, which is to be expected in the scenario of a kidnapping. We do know that Police immediately started providing around the clock security at Campos’ home.

On June 28, eleven days after Campos disappeared, it was reported that a ransom request had been sent via a media blog, asking for 20 bitcoins. Bitcoins are an online currency which are encrypted and can be traded between persons without regulation of the Central Bank. At the time, it was speculated that 20 bitcoins would have amounted to roughly $500,000, half of what the ‘kidnappers’ had originally requested. The kidnappers, then, had stated that if the ransom was not paid Campos would have been killed.

This request, sent to the Reporter’s email, comes almost a month after that demand for 20 bitcoins, and the person sending the mail, one Juan Carlos Yépez, is now asking for 5 bitcoins. If that money is not paid by August 1, Campos will die, according to the email.

The Reporter tried all day Thursday to get a comment from the Police on this latest request in what has been a very strange kidnapping, but we were not provided with any. It is not known at this time if the Police are still taking the kidnapping seriously.

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