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American woman declared 'captured' in El Salvador

The US Embassy disclosed Sunday it was searching for a ''captured'' American woman, and a Roman Catholic Church official said a Belgian architect had been slain.

Patricia Cuellar last week was reported captured, which means arrested by security forces but not officially listed as a prisoner. An embassy spokesman said Ms. Cuellar, a US citizen living in El Salvador, was reported missing last week, and the mission was searching for her.

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The church official said architect Beruardo Dewerchin, of Belgium, was slain last week in his home.