East Texas oil worker formerly from West Monroe abducted overseas

LONGVIEW, Texas (Longview News-Journal) - The weekend kidnapping in Yemen of a former West Monroe resident, White Oak High School and Kilgore College graduate shook his family Monday as news of the abduction reached East Texas.

"It's heartbreaking," Ron Burch said upon learning Monday afternoon his oldest brother, 63-year-old oil worker Danny Lavone Burch, 63, reportedly was taken from his car on a busy street in the Yemeni capital.

"They did it in broad daylight in front of everyone," Nadia Forsa, Burch's wife, told The New York Times by phone from Sanaa, the capital city.

She said Burch had left home Saturday morning to take their sons to a sports club but didn't return. Police later told her witnesses said Burch had been stopped by five armed men in civilian clothes who took him away.

The family moved to Longview from West Monroe, Louisiana, 50 years ago, then moved a year later to White Oak.

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