Rescued: Foreign Exchange Student Found in Box Elder County After Cyber Kidnapping Suspicions
A foreign exchange student, reported missing from his Riverdale residence, has been found in Box Elder County, raising concerns of a potential cyber kidnapping.
Early Suspicions and Family’s Disturbing Report
Authorities were initially worried, suspecting the student was taken against his will.
The student’s family in China received a distressing photo and demands for money, prompting immediate police action and an urgent alert across Utah.
A foreign exchange student, previously reported missing from his Riverdale home, has been located in Box Elder County, and authorities now suspect it to be a case of cyber kidnapping:
BREAKING: A foreign exchange student, previously reported missing from his Riverdale home, has been located in Box Elder County, and authorities now suspect it to be a case of cyber kidnapping.https://t.co/hHZkNSfYkl
— KUTV2news (@KUTV2News) January 1, 2024
Alarming Discovery and Ongoing Threats
Investigations revealed a distressing trend called cyber kidnapping.
This scheme involves threatening exchange students and their families for ransom, monitoring them through video calls, and demanding isolation.
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Rescue Effort and Student’s Safe Recovery
After a detailed search, Detective Sergeant Engstrom discovered the student alive but extremely cold and frightened inside a tent.
Following police intervention, the student expressed relief, only wanting to ensure his family’s safety and requested a comforting meal.
The investigation continues, with authorities urging prompt reporting of any cyber kidnapping threats to local law enforcement.