Father hands over 'millions of euros' from company van in exchange for kidnapped daughter

Father hands over 'millions of euros' from company van in exchange for kidnapped daughter

It is thought the ransom could have been millions

Friday, February 9, 2018

A father has handed over a ransom thought to be worth millions of euros in exchange for his kidnapped daughter in France.

The man works for a Swiss money transfer company and it is thought he used money from his van as the ransom, The Local reported.

It is not clear exactly how much the ransom was, as reports claim its potential value ranges from hundreds of thousands to €26 million (£23 million).

Sources told AFP that on Thursday (February 8) his daughter was at home in Lyon but was taken by men who had impersonated plumbers.

At this time her father was driving the company van, which moves cash between both companies and banks with security.

The kidnappers phoned the man and demanded a ransom, after putting the woman in the boot of a car.

The man said he would provide the ransom on the Swiss border and the money was handed over. 

The woman was freed after the ransom money was paid, and she was left on a road in Ain at night.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, however an investigation is ongoing.

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