Mother Of Pittsburgh Pirates Catcher Elias Diaz Kidnapped In Venezuela


Mother Of Pittsburgh Pirates Catcher Elias Diaz Kidnapped In Venezuela

Ana Soto the 72-year-old mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz was rescued on Sunday in Venezuela and five police officers have since been arrested over her kidnapping

Ana Soto the 72-year-old mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz was rescued on Sunday in Venezuela and five police officers have since been arrested over her kidnapping

The mother of Pirates catcher Elias Diaz has been rescued after being kidnapped last week, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz (32) hits a RBI single during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Lecom Park. Five of those detained were reportedly police officers, including an officer who lived next door to Diaz.

Ana Isabel Soto, 72, was rescued by judicial police, state police and other security officers, Zulia state Gov. Omar Prieto announced on Twitter.

Team officials gave no specifics on the case, but Venezuelan media said the 24-year-old player's mother was kidnapped by three armed men at her home in San Francisco, a city about 430 miles (700 kilometers) west of Caracas.

The Pirates have not yet released a statement regarding these reports.

Coonelly added that the team was "using all of the resources available.to support Elias and his family during this incredibly hard time".