Who is Eduardo Valseca and where is he now?

EDUARDO Valseca lived a quiet life with his family in Mexico until June 13, 2007, when everything turned upside down.

That day he was kidnapped by suspected gang members and held hostage for over seven months.

Eduardo Valseca was kidnapped in June 2007


Eduardo Valseca was kidnapped in June 2007Credit: NBC NEWS

Who is Eduardo Valseca?

Eduardo Garcia Valseca is best known as a Mexican businessman who was kidnapped by a gang of heavily armed men in June 2007 after taking his children to school.

He was eventually held captive for more than seven months and only released after paying an undisclosed sum of money.

After his release, Eduardo told CNN he believed his captors assumed he was rich because his father used to own a newspaper chain.

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After the $8 million ransom was not paid, his captors began severely beating him and even shot him twice, once in the leg and once in the arm, according to CNN.

It’s still unclear who is behind Eduardo’s kidnapping, but he believes it’s linked to a kidnapping ring run by Ricardo Palma Salamanca and Raul Julio Escobar Poblete, according to Distractify.

Where is he now?

When Eduardo returned home in January 2008, he weighed less than 100 pounds and could barely move or speak.

“He was so weak and had been through so much that he couldn’t even smile,” his wife Jayne told CNN.

“He could barely speak more than a whisper and it took several hours for him to be given fluids and food before he could even speak and finally smile with the kids.”

Shortly thereafter, the family moved to the United States and began raising awareness of how organized crime was affecting people on both sides of the border.

They ended up in Washington, D.C., where his wife later died of cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Since then he has lived a quiet life away from the media.

Eduardo and his wife Jayne have three children together, Nayah, Fernando and Emiliano


Eduardo and his wife Jayne have three children together, Nayah, Fernando and EmilianoPhoto credit: Getty

When is Eduardo’s Dateline episode airing?

Eduardo’s story has been shown numerous times on Dateline over the years and returns to screens in 2022.

Dateline’s latest episode about Eduardo’s kidnapping, titled The Ranch, will premiere on NBC on May 27, 2022 at 9 p.m. EST.

The episode is also available to stream on Hulu and Peacock.

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