According to a statement from a family member provided to Local 10, the kidnappers who have taken Jean Dickens Toussaint and Abigail Toussaint are now demanding $200,000 for each person in exchange for their safe release.
This is a significant increase from their initial demand of $6,000, which was made when the couple was first taken.
“Once we sent that money, they tried to up the price to $200,000 per person and we don’t have that type of money,” she said.
The family member did not provide any further details about the circumstances surrounding the kidnapping or any possible suspects.
It is not clear if the family is currently negotiating with the kidnappers or if they have involved law enforcement.
Jean Dickens Toussaint and Abigail Toussaint were kidnapped on a trip to Haiti
The Florida couple were allegedly abducted on a bus ride from Port-au-Prince while in the country to see family and attend a festival.
The State Department told The Daily Beast it is aware of the reports of two U.S. citizens missing in Haiti but declined to share details. “When a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts, and we share information with families however we can,” a spokesperson said.
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