Authorities in Venezuela believe they have found the car used to kidnap Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a report by the Venezuelan TV station Globovision.
Tarek El Aissami, the Venezuelan minister of interior and justice, said the vehicle was found abandoned in the town of Bejuma, about an hour away from where Ramos was kidnapped in Valencia, according to the report. Authorities in Venezuela have still had no contact with the kidnappers, the report said.
The Venezuelan Professional Baseball League just released a statement regarding the kidnapping:
"La Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Profesional condemns and deplores the kidnapping of (Wilson Ramos), a fact that has shocked the country, especially those who follow Venezuelan baseball.
"We also hope that this event has a favorable outcome for Wilson Ramos and his family and to do our supplications to the Almighty and call upon the authorities, so strong, to make all necessary inquiries, leading to a solution as quickly as possible."
Update: Venezuelan intelligence police have told reporters in Venezuela that they believe Ramos is still alive. However, the search for the catcher is still ongoing. Elite police squads are reportedly in Venezuela working on the case.
Update: The Nationals and Major League Baseball have issued the following statement regarding Ramos' kidnapping:
"Our foremost concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts are with them at this time. Major League Baseball's Department of Investigations is working with the appropriate authorities on this matter. Both Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals have been instructed to make no further comment."