F1 Chief's Mother-in-Law Rescued From Kidnappers

She was found unharmed near Sao Paulo
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 31, 2016 11:44 PM CDT
Updated Aug 1, 2016 12:05 AM CDT
F1 Chief's Mother-in-Law Rescued From Kidnappers
Bernie Ecclestone stands at a paddock after the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack in England earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Brazilian police said Sunday they rescued the kidnapped mother-in-law of Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone from two men on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. According to police, 67-year-old Aparecida Schunck, who had been held since Friday last week, was not harmed in the operation conducted by Sao Paulo's anti-kidnapping division, the AP reports. Schunck is the mother of Fabiana Flosi, who married Ecclestone in 2012. Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, for decades has had problems with people being kidnapped and held for ransom, but a dedicated police task force has reduced the crime drastically over the last 15 years. The $36.5 million the kidnap gang demanded for Schunck is believed to be the highest-ever ransom demand in a Brazilian kidnapping. (Read more Bernie Ecclestone stories.)

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