Recent developments out of Caracas, Venezuela in Washington Nationals rookie catcher Wilson Ramos kidnapping case claim police have found the kidnappers’ vehicle abandoned in a nearby town, AP reports.
It is believed that the 24-year-old catcher was taken from his home in the now abandoned SUV by four armed men.
"The abductors haven't made contact with the family or with anyone," said Domingo Alvarez, vice president of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, in a telephone interview with members of the Associated Press. "We're worried."
Ramos had returned to his native Venezuela in the offseason. Many Hispanic MLB baseball players return to their homeland to play in the winter league.
The Washington Post reports the Venezuelan Winter league president Jose Grasso told a Venezuelan television station the league will continue to play its season despite the recent kidnapping. Several other Nationals players, including Venezuelan natives Jesus Flores, Henry Rodriguez and Sandy Leon are committed to play in the winter league. In Venezuela, kidnappings of wealthy individuals have been on the rise, with 618 incidents reported last year alone.