A Florida couple, Abigail and Jean-Dickens Toussaint, has been kidnapped while traveling to Haiti to visit sick family members.
The couple was en route to Leogan, a town situated roughly 27 miles west of Port-au-Prince, but never reached their destination on March 18. According to family members, there has been no communication with the couple since their disappearance.
The couple’s niece, Christie Desormes, shared that her aunt and uncle were forcibly removed from a bus by a group of individuals who subsequently took them hostage. Initially, the abductors demanded a ransom of $6,000. The family managed to pay over $2,000, but the kidnappers altered their demands following the payment.
Abigail and Jean-Dickens Toussaint have a young child who will celebrate their second birthday next week. Desormes has called on the public to contact their state representatives and request assistance in securing the safe return of her relatives.
The U.S. State Department has acknowledged the reports of the two missing Americans in Haiti, indicating that they are aware of the situation.