The daughter of the northeast Colombia mayor, who has been held in captivity for more than two weeks, may be released within 24 hours, the governor of the department announced.
Authorities “are working intensely on the operations,” Arauca Governor Luis Eduardo Ataya told Caracol Radio. “There is a report that they want to deliver the girl between today and tomorrow…”
Colombia’s Armed Forces searching the area around Fortul, the northern Colombian town where the mayor’s 10-year-old daughter was kidnapped, suspended operations for one day Friday in order to facilitate the girl’s possible release.
According to El Espectador, troops agreed to suspend all operations in the area from 8AM to 5PM Friday, at the request of the government and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
A Red Cross delegate reported that the organization hopes to secure the release of Nhora Valentina Muñoz quite soon.
Following a meeting with the Nhora’s family, the delegate reportedly received permission to begin the negotiation process for her release.
“As always we have total faith placed in God that Nhora will return home,” said Mayor Jorge Muñoz, the father of the abducted girl.