fter some time missing, Miss Ellory Pendergast, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Pendergast, was retrieved yesterday morning, having been kidnapped earlier this month. Aurors discovered Miss Pendergast in quite a state in the kidnapper's house in village Harping after reports from an area resident lead them to believe that something was amiss. he culprits, Paul Harper, Edwin Greenberg and Albert Stewart, all mugleborn, were detained with minimal struggle, and Miss Pendtergast promptly taken to Hogsmeade Hospital for examination but was released into her parents’ care yesterday evening.
The three men decided to kidnapp Miss Pendergast after Stewart's younger brother, Thomas Stewart, was attacked by a group of purebloods two months earlier. Thomas Stewart was almost killed by the attack and he was sent to the Hospital because of that. The two man decided to give all purebloods a taste of their own medicine by kidnapping an innocent girl.
Mr. Pendergast received a ransom note, as
well as one of Miss Pendergast’s fingers and her broken wand, not long after the girl went missing, a detail not shared with anyone outside of the family and Auror Office.
“The Lestranges and Pengergasts were united in their refusal to bend to the demands of such monsters—I cannot even bring themselves to call them men after this atrocious kidnapping,” offered Lucius Lestrange, Special Advisor to the Wizengamot and Miss Pendergast’s uncle, when asked why the family did not offer up the ransom. “Particularly since we did not believe Miss Ellory would be returned to us even if we did.” Mr. Lestrange’s sister, Mrs. Olivia Pendergast, was unable for comment, having taken ill after her daughter’s kidnap. Both she and her husband are reportedly relieved to have their youngest child returned to them, though have refused to allow the girl to comment publically as she “needs to recover from her ordeal”.
The culprits remain in Ministry custody, with trial dates to follow.
written by Ian Pengloss