Abigail Toussaint and Jean-Dickens Toussaint, a Florida couple have been kidnapped in Haiti and remain captive under ransom demands, their family members claim. They are seeking help from US officials to find the duo.

The Toussaints, both 33, were kidnapped on March 18 at Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti, per a statement the family members released. 

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“Please share this and get the word out as much as you can,” the statement said, seeking help from civilians to amplify their voice so that the duo can return safely to their family.

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Abigail and Jean-Dickens Toussaint were kidnapped from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, while they were on a family visit. They were on their way to attend a festival by bus when they were taken kidnapped and taken hostage. 

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The details of their predicament were narrated to WPLG by a woman named Christie, who claimed to be their niece.

“They stopped the bus at a stop and then asked for Americans to get off the bus and their escorts off the bus, and then they took them,” she said.

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Per the report, the kidnappers initially asked for $6,000 for their release and the family paid it. However, instead of returning the hostages, the kidnappers started asking for more money from the family.

“Once we sent that money, they tried to up the price to $200,000 per person and we don’t have that type of money,” Christie said to WPLG.

Authorities in the US did not respond to queries from media houses regarding efforts to bring the couple back.