The kidnappers demanded a ransom for the priest’s return. After the ransom was paid, the kidnappers didn’t free him. They had murdered him. His skeleton was found two months later.
His mother “said as she wept: Since I heard of his kidnapping over two months ago, I had been praying fervently for his safe return but, unfortunately, I heard yesterday that my son has been killed. Fr. John had no problems with anybody, he served God and humanity with all his being, soul, spirit and body. He didn’t deserve the treatment they meted to him as a servant of God.” -from the newspaper, “Vanguard”