Would-Be Kidnappers Return Teens and Stolen Car
'Change Of Heart' Bandits Free Hostages, Return Car BUTLER, Ohio (UPI) — Police said Saturday it may have been "a change of heart" that led the two kidnapers kidnapers of a bank president's two children to release the teen-agers and return his car which they had stolen to make Iheir getaway. Police Chief Fred Home said the men, armed with a shotgun and a pistol and wearing ski masks, kid- naped Andy Mickley, 16, and his sister, Janet, 15, the children of Jesse Mickley, vice president of the Richland Trust Bank. Friday night and demanded S50.000 ransom. The kidnapers were the subject of an intensive search but remained at large Saturday. However, authorites said the children were freed several hours after the kid- naping, their fathers' car which the kidnapers used in their getaway was returned and no ransom was paid. "There's just no logical explanation yet," said Home. "They may have had a change of heart. We're still trying to figure it out." Home said the children were released on a county road near this north central Ohio community of 1,000. They telephoned police from a farmhouse. Home said Mickley and his wife were tied up by the kidnapers but were freed by an 8-year-old daughter who was in the house. Home said the kidnaped teenagers were "so badly shaken they could hardly talk" when picked up by police. Lieutenant Mike Hoff of the Richland County Sheriff's department said when the kidnapers entered entered the home "and took the kids they told the president they wanted $50,000 by tomorrow (Saturday) (Saturday) morning. "We understand they left in Mickley's car but returned returned it and parked it about a block from the Mickley House," Hoff said. Hoff said law enforcement enforcement officers from the Police Department here, the sheriff's office, neighboring neighboring communities and the FBI were involved in the investigation.