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Man kidnapped in Mexico is released and doing well



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BLUFFDALE -- A man who was kidnapped in Mexico Monday has been released. Meredith Romney is the former temple President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Chihuahua, Mexico, temple.

"They are trying to push their drug cartel," said Patrice Romney Spencer, who is a cousin of Meredith's

We interviewed Spencer at her Bluffdale home Wednesday afternoon, and she says when she heard her cousin was released and OK this morning, she felt a great sense of relief.

"Everybody was just so relieved," said Spencer, "It's like a big pile of bricks was taken off your shoulders."

Spencer told us her cousin is doing well but is still a little shaken up from the experience.

"I've heard he's fine, and when they released him, they left him some food. Meredith is diabetic and needs insulin," said Spencer.

There has been no official word if the kidnappers asked for anything for Romney's release.

Spencer thinks her cousin may have been able to talk his way out of the situation.

"Meredith is a very clam person," said Spencer, "He's a very strong and loving person. I feel like that would have helped a great deal in keeping the kidnappers calm and possibly diffusing some of the situations that may have come up."

Romney owns a ranch near Janos and employs several of the local residents to work in his orchard.

The people who kidnapped him have not yet been captured, and there is no word as to why Romney was targeted.

E-mail: acabrero@ksl.com

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