Very few details have surfaced just yet on the kidnapping case of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, who was abducted Wednesday evening in Venezuela. As of Thursday morning, the kidnappers had yet to contact Ramos' family, the police or the Aragua Tigres, Ramos' winter league baseball team.
“We are still waiting for any news about Wilson Ramos,” Tigres spokeswoman Katherine Vilera said (via Nationals Journal). “All the authorities are working in the case. We need to be [patient] and pray.”
The latest news is that the car allegedly used to abduct Ramos has been found about an hour away from Valencia, where the kidnapping took place (via Nationals Journal).
One would expect contact to be made at some point, as most Venezuelan abductions of people with money are done for ransom.
Also, there seem to be some unfounded rumors floating around the Internet that Ramos is dead. That's not true. Rafeal Rojas (who originally broke the story) reports that Venezuelan intelligence has confirmed Ramos is alive. The police also reportedly have sketches of two of the kidnappers (Washington Times).
MLB and the Nationals have released a joint statement, as follows:
Our foremost concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts are with them at this time. Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations is working with the appropriate authorities on this matter. Both Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals have been instructed to make no further comment.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.