Billionaire's son kidnapped in Germany, then freed

2015-06-18 13:36

Kuenzelsau - The disabled adult son of one of Germany's richest men was kidnapped, then released a short time later, the Wuerth engineering company said on Thursday.

The 50-year-old is the son of Reinhold Wuerth, whose company sells screws, tools and high-tech anchoring systems around the globe.

The web portal of the mass-circulation daily Bild said the victim was unharmed after being abducted Wednesday afternoon in Schlitz, a small town 140km north-east of Frankfurt where the younger Wuerth lives with a group in disability housing.

Bild said the abductors tied him to a tree and demanded a ransom of $2.5m. Police began a massive search. The abductors then told police where Wuerth could be found and vanished. Police freed him.

Wuerth senior, who is a billionaire, has his offices at Kuenzelsau, 235km from the scene of the abduction. He built the company into a global player as a supplier of a vast range of fastening types for construction and engineering work.

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