A member of a Mennonite colony in Paraguay is pleading that a guerrilla group release his kidnapped son, saying he already has paid a ransom.
The Mennonites are a Protestant sect, originating in Friesland during the 16th century.
Abraham Fehr read a statement on local radio Wednesday asking the Paraguayan People’s Army to release his son, also named Abraham.
Fehr said his family has not received proof that his son is still alive, despite paying the small leftist rebel group some $500,000 after the August kidnapping.
The Fehr family lives in the Manitoba Mennonite colony located about 190 miles (some 300 kilometers) north of the Paraguayan capital.
Officials accuse the rebels of carrying out killings, kidnappings, bank robberies and attacks on police.