Army troops have freed in southwest Colombia a 62-year-old woman that her kidnappers kept more than 2 meters (6 feet) underground, military officials said Saturday.
The commander of the 3rd Army Division, Gen. Mario Augusto Valencia, told EFE that the freeing of Gloria Amparo Montoya occurred at a place in the El Tambo municipality of Cauca province where “the victim had been held captive for months.”
Montoya was kidnapped three months ago in the municipality of Tulua in the neighboring province of Valle del Cauca, together with her husband, who was later released to obtain the millions in ransom they demanded in order to let her go.
Gen. Valencia said that Montoya “is in good health,” according to the first medical exam she was given.
The pit where the woman was held was narrow, and she was given food and drink through a tube, which was “the only means of communication of the captors with their hostage,” an army communique said.
In the operation to secure her release, one person was arrested and two firearms were seized. EFE