Mother, child of local resident rescued from hostage situation in Honduras

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Two hostages, a woman and toddler, were rescued from a ransom situation in Honduras after a walk-in report at the Williamsburg Police Department. (file photo)

Two hostages, a woman and toddler, were rescued from a ransom situation in Honduras after a walk-in report at the Williamsburg Police Department, according to Williamsburg Police.

A citizen walked into the police department on Dec. 21 around 8 a.m. and showed police a video that had been sent to him from the mother of his child, Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said. 

The video showed the woman and their toddler held by masked gunmen in Honduras, who demanded a ransom for the two hostages, Riley said. 

Williamsburg Police determined that the woman and child were living in Honduras, and that the abduction had occurred there, Riley said. 

A Williamsburg investigator contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which worked with Honduran authorities to locate the victims.

Around 12:30 p.m. the following day, Honduran Police were able to find the woman and child, he said. 

The FBI declined to comment on the case, but confirmed the victims are safe and unharmed, FBI spokesperson Christina Pullen said.