Great News. Glad it ended well.
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2006
Kidnap victim Graham McMynn found alive and well
VANCOUVER (CP) - A man was brought out of a house in handcuffs and police surrounded a second house as a police blitz led to the release of a millionaire's son who had been kidnapped last week.
Graham McMynn, 23, was found "alive and well" on Wednesday, police said in a two-sentence statement. Five police officers in riot gear with guns drawn surrounded a house in a blue-collar, east Vancouver neighbourhood.
Cicilia Ngai said in a telephone interview there were police officers all over her front yard as they appeared to investigate her neighbour.
She said she was frightened and trapped in her house and asked a reporter what was going on.
When informed the police action was related to McMynn's kidnapping, she exclaimed "Holy moly!
"I only know that one of our next-door neighbours has come out already but they're still looking for someone. But whoever they are looking for hasn't stepped out of the door yet."
She said police repeatedly ordered the occupants of the house to come out.
"One guy stepped out and after 10 minutes they made the announcement again but nothing has happened."
Other police officers surrounded a house in suburban Surrey.
Police said there will be more details at an afternoon news conference.
McMynn was kidnapped April 4 by several armed men who boxed in his car on a road near his family's home in south Vancouver.
His horrified girlfriend was left behind.
The family issued two video pleas for his release, but police have not said if the kidnappers ever made any contact with the family.
On the last recording, distributed to media Sunday morning, Graham's father Bob begged the kidnappers to get in touch.
"How can I get Graham back unless you contact me? How can you get what you want unless you contact me? How can we make a deal if I'm the only one talking," McMynn asks.
The McMynn family lives in a tony enclave of large multimillion-dollar homes and equestrian properties in southwest Vancouver.
Bob McMynn's company owns a fleet of buses across North America, but court documents show he has been named in several lawsuits.
As well, the family carries several million dollars in mortgages.
In his video, Bob McMynn told the kidnappers not to believe media reports suggesting the family is broke.
"I have money," he said.
At the end of the message, McMynn held up what appears to be a graduation photo of his son.
"I don't understand why the police didn't want to show my son's picture," he said as he began to cry.
"This is Graham, my beautiful son, the greatest guy in the world."
Police released almost no information in the case.
© The Canadian Press, 2006