Ohio businessman who was kidnapped in Venezuela in 1976 and rescued 3 years later dies

A former businessman from Ohio who was kidnapped in 1976 and rescued three years later in a Venezuelan jungle has died at age 82.

A funeral home outside Toledo confirms that William Niehous (NEE'-hows) died Thursday. A cause of death hasn't been released.

Niehous was working for Toledo-based Owens-Illinois Inc. as president of operations in Venezuela when he was kidnapped by gunmen at his home near Caracas (kah-RAH'-kuhs).

Venezuelan guerrillas held Niehous in the jungle for more than three years while demanding publication of their manifesto and money.

He was rescued in 1979 by police officers who were searching for cattle thieves.

Niehous then returned the United States and to work at Owens-Illinois. He later worked in education and did volunteer work in Toledo, where he grew up.