“We believe that he is no longer with the group that is moving around. We believe he might be in a safe house and that he may be released soon,” Brawner said.
Eugenio Vagni, 62, was abducted on 15 January with Swiss Andreas Notter, who was released on 18 April, and Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba, the first hostage to be released on 2 April.
According to the army spokesman, the hostage’s health conditions— reportedly suffering from hernia and having difficulty in walking—are hindering military operations to rescue him.
Lieutenant Colonel Edgard Arevalo said an encounter is usually favourable to kidnap victims since it gives them a chance to run from their captors. In Vagni’s case running from his abductors would be difficult given his condition.
Lieutenant Colonel Brawner assured that the Italian’s safety remains the top priority and nothing will be done that could jeopardise his life.
Brawner also welcomed a report that Vagni managed to call his family last Friday, for the second time. “We’re taking this as good news,” he said.