Authorities in southern Russia arrested two suspects today in the kidnapping of two Mormon missionaries who were freed the previous day.
Both suspects confessed to taking part in the abduction, said a spokesman for the Russian Federal Security Service, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
He said the suspects are residents of Saratov, the southern city where the missionaries were abducted.
Andrew Lee Propst, 20, of Lebanon, Ore., and Travis Robert Tuttle, 20, of Gilbert, Ariz., were kidnapped Wednesday in Saratov, about 450 miles southeast of Moscow.
On Sunday, they were set free on a country road.
They were described as being in good condition, and church officials said a $300,000 ransom the kidnappers demanded was not paid.
The missionaries walked into Saratov, in a poor and largely agricultural part of Russia known as the Red Belt for its stubborn adherence to communist ways. The two then contacted their local mission leader, said Donald Jarvis, president of the Mormon mission in Moscow.
Officials at the Mormon mission in Moscow said today they did not know where the two missionaries planned to go from Saratov.
Mormon officials have said that while their Russia-based missionaries have been singled out before as mugging or theft targets, this was the first serious crime reported in Russia in which they were victims.