Report: 2nd SUV found in Ramos search

Report: 2nd SUV found in Ramos search
November 11, 2011, 3:43 pm
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Updated at 1:52 p.m.
Venezuelan authorities have discovered a second vehicle they believe was tied to Wednesday's abduction of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a report this afternoon.

The website for the Venezuelan newspaper Ultimas Noticias reported a 2002 Toyota Terios SUV was found in a remote area of Bejuma, the same village where yesterday another SUV believed to have been used in Ramos' kidnapping was discovered.

The report also states that about 300 members of various Venezuelan brigades have been commissioned to comb the mountainous area of Carabobo, the state in which Ramos lives and the vehicles were found.

This latest discovery comes as authorities say they are making progress toward locating Ramos, who was abducted outside his home near Valencia Wednesday evening.

The Venezuelan minister of justice said this morning that the investigation into Ramos' kidnapping has been advancing and that he is confident the matter will be resolved soon.

"We have faith in the swift clarification in this case," said Edwin Rojas, according to the Associated Press. "We already have some advanced expertise, we have sketches of people allegedly involved in the abduction."

There were also reports this morning of aerial operations underway in Venezuela, as authorities apparently take their investigation to another level.

As this all plays out, Ramos' family remains mostly in the dark. Though law enforcement has maintained contact with them, they still have not heard directly from the captors since the kidnapping Wednesday evening.

"Another long night waiting," family friend Marfa Mata posted on her Twitter account this morning. "Not a message or call about Wilson. Keep praying."

Back in Washington, fans are attempting to organize a candlelight vigil for 6 p.m. outside Nationals Park.

The team and Major League Baseball said yesterday in a brief statement they have been instructed not to comment on anything involving Ramos' abduction.