Investigators search for a missing American businessman in Costa Rica

Sean Creighton, who lived in Costa Rica with his wife and children, was kidnapped over three months ago with a ransom demand.
2:30 | 01/13/19

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The hunt for an American businessmen gone missing in Coastr recap the story is bizarre Shaun Creighton disappeared over three months ago. Now authorities announcing arrests that stretch all the way to Spain. ABC's Martha Gonzales joins us this morning with more on this crazy case Marcy. I got good morning that's right authorities taking suspects into custody on two continents. But police say they are still no closer to figuring out where Creighton could be. Overnight police digging in this basement in Coastr Rico looking for evidence in the mysterious disappearance of an American businessman. This after a rate. In Costa Rica and Spain police breaking down and ripping off stores. Seizing cash and credit cards arresting a dozen people all in connection to the kidnapping of Shawn Tony Creighton. My guess is there may be some type organized crime element to this group. Creighton a 43 year old owner of an online sports gambling site was living in coaster Rico with his wife and two children when investigators say on September 24 he was pulled over by police. Authorities now saying those officers were in on the steam working with four men who immediately pulled Creighton in to a truck and disappeared. Investigators tell ABC news the kidnappers then staged an accident. Crashing Creighton SUV into all wall later demanding a huge ransom from his family. Season makes the they demanded a very large ransom around five million dollars later it was reduced until it reached around one million dollars that was paid with a virtual money back point. After that payment the Stanley says they never heard from Creighton or his captors again a investigators tracking down the accused ringleader record one Morales Vega in Spain arresting him his mother and girlfriend. Taking nine accused co conspirators in to custody in Central America including Baker's grandmother who lives in this house now being searched where investigators believe Creighton was held after his kidnapping. The biggest question of all from this. Take down operation is where is Creighton. And why did the kidnappers take him was it just for a ransom payment or was this something more to this kidnapping. And police in Costa Rica save with all of the digging in that basement and in the yard of that home they still have not found any evidence there we spoke with Creighton Stanley this weekend. And they are hopeful he could still be alive. Wit and his strange case Marcy Gonzales for some Los Angeles thanks so much.

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