COSTA MESA, CA —A Costa Mesa aesthetician vacationing in Uganda was kidnapped by armed men demanding $500,000 in ransom, according to media reports. KTLA is reporting that Kimberly Sue Endicott was on an evening safari when armed men kidnapped her.
Uganda Deputy Police Spokeswoman Polly Namaye has said that the abductors are using the victim’s cell phone to demand ransom money and that ransom will not be paid.
“We are aware of a US citizen kidnapped in Uganda,” a US State Department Spokesperson said in a release. “Security forces are responding to the incident. We take seriously any threats against U.S. citizens abroad. The safety and protection of U.S. citizens overseas are among our top priorities,” they wrote. “We have no further information to offer at this time.”
“I know she was planning this trip for a while because it was something she always wanted to do,” Pam Lopez told the station. According to Lopez, Endicott, in her mid-50s, was sharing social media photos of her trip until Tuesday, which is when she was believed to be kidnapped.