10/25/2012 07:13 EDT | Updated 12/25/2012 05:12 EST

Lethbridge Kidnapping: Woman's Abduction Linked To Organized Crime, Police Say

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - Police say the kidnapping of a 64-year-old woman in southern Alberta was a message from organized crime about an unpaid debt.

Inspector Colin Catonio of Lethbridge police says the woman was kidnapped on Wednesday night, then was dropped off in Calgary early Thursday morning.

The woman flagged down a Calgary police officer, and she was taken to hospital to be checked out, but wasn't injured.

Police say a relative reported the woman missing when they found her vehicle abandoned, but still running, in a neighbourhood in the west part of Lethbridge.

Catanio says the woman is being unco-operative, likely because she fears for her safety.

He says the kidnapping was targeted and connected to organized crime, so there is no threat to the public.


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