A woman who was kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom for two days without any food or water has been rescued, police say.
The 44-year-old victim was found tied up with duct tape in a garage in Los Angeles County.
She was weak and dehydrated but was expected to make a full recovery.
Authorities say she was taken on Monday after a woman she had worked with for years offered her a ride home.
The victim’s family received a telephone call demanding $110,000 (65,000) and warning she would be harmed or killed if it was not paid.
No ransom was paid.
About 25 sheriff’s detectives, who worked around the clock to find the woman, discovered her on Wednesday.
Two couples from the Rowland Heights area of LA County remain in custody after pleading not guilty to kidnapping for ransom and conspiracy.