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11/20/2016 02:28 pm ET Updated Nov 21, 2016

Washington Woman Believed Kidnapped For Ransom Found Dead (UPDATE)

Sandra Harris's remains were found two days after her husband said she was taken against her will.
Sandra Harris, 69, was reported missing on Friday by her husband who said she was abducted from their Kennewick, Washington h
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Sandra Harris, 69, was reported missing on Friday by her husband who said she was abducted from their Kennewick, Washington home.

UPDATE: Nov. 21 ― A woman believed to have been kidnapped for ransom in southern Washington state was found dead over the weekend, two days after her disappearance and the arrest of a suspect in the case, police said on Monday.

The remains of Sandra Harris, 69, were discovered in Benton County, Washington, on Sunday, according to a spokesman for the police department in the town of Kennewick, about 200 miles (322 km) southeast of Seattle, where the woman vanished.

No other details about her fate were immediately available.

Her spouse called authorities on Friday to say she had been abducted from their home, and police and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation made contact with a suspect, a 49-year-old woman, according to police.

She was arrested on Friday night shortly after an undisclosed sum of ransom was paid, but Harris remained missing through Saturday night, police said.

Police said last week they did not believe the kidnapping was random and that the family had actually been targeted, though investigators were still working to determine a motive.

PREVIOUSLY:

A woman believed to have been kidnapped for ransom in southern Washington state was still missing on Saturday, a day after authorities arranged to meet the demand and then arrested a suspect, police said.

Sandra Harris, 69, was reported missing on Friday by her husband, who called authorities to say she was abducted from the couple’s home in Kennewick, a town about 200 miles (322 km) southeast of Seattle, Kennewick police said in a statement.

Kennewick police and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation made contact with a suspect in Harris’ abduction, Kennewick police said in a statement.

The suspect, a 49-year-old woman, was apprehended on Friday night shortly after an undisclosed sum of money was paid, but Kennewick police Sgt. Bryan Weatherbee said the victim had not yet been located on Saturday night. He declined to provide any further information.

Police said in the statement they did not believe the kidnapping was random, but that the family had actually been targeted, and that they were still working to determine a motive.

FBI officials in Seattle could not be reached about the case.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis and Chris Michaud; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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