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Ohio man who survived 1976 kidnapping in Venezuela dies

Associated Press

TOLEDO: A former businessman from Ohio who was rescued in a Venezuelan jungle three years after his 1976 kidnapping has died at age 82.

A funeral home in suburban Toledo confirms that William Niehous died Thursday. A cause of death wasn’t released.

Niehous was working for Toledo-based Owens-Illinois Inc. as president of operations in Venezuela when he was kidnapped by gunmen at his home near Caracas.

Venezuelan guerrillas held Niehous in the jungle for three years and four months while demanding publication of their manifesto and money.

He was rescued in June of 1979 by police officers who were searching for cattle thieves.

Niehous then returned the United States and to work at Owens-Illinois. He later worked in education and did volunteer work in Toledo where he grew up.


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