- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2005

A nun was apparently kidnapped from a Southeast convent yesterday, setting off a police manhunt that ended some hours later when officers received a call giving the woman’s location.

Officers found the 38-year-old nun at another convent a few miles away from her own, and she appeared to be in good health, said Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile.

“She’s not in any danger at this point,” said Assistant Chief Willie Dandridge outside the nun’s convent.

The nun, whose name was not released, told investigators that a man and a woman assaulted her and threw her into a van after she questioned them about why they were on the grounds of Queen of Peace convent on Wheeler Avenue, police said.

The search began when the nun failed to report for 7 a.m. Mass, Chief Dandridge said. She had last been seen doing chores in the convent’s yard. The search was called off about 11 a.m. when police received the call with her location.

Details were sketchy on how the nun got about two miles from her own convent on U Street then down the block to the second convent at 13th and V streets, Sgt. Gentile said.

Police were still searching last night for the two kidnappers, who were thought to be driving a black van.

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the archbishop of Washington, visited the sister yesterday afternoon, said Susan Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese.

The nun belongs to the Missionaries of Charity, the Catholic order founded by Mother Teresa. Most of the sisters at her convent are from India, said Miss Gibbs.

Miss Gibbs said the five nuns who live with the missing sister had a trying morning and were glad to learn that she was safe.

“They’re relieved, they’re calm, they’re very grateful for everyone’s prayers,” Miss Gibbs said.

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