On January 31, 1993 they were taken from their families in the Darien jungles of Panama by Colombian guerillas. These missionaries had come to Central America to minister with a message of peace and love of God. They were held captive in Colombia and died at the hands of their captors in 1996.
Their heroic wives, Nancy Mankins, Tania Rich and Patti Tenenoff and New Tribes Mission officials made every possible effort to secure the release or learn the fate of their husbands and colleagues. Only recent accounts by guerilla defectors have validated reports that the men were killed in 1996.
survived by his wife Tania and their daughters Tamra and Jessica
Abstracted from World magazine, "Missionary hostages," February 20, 1998:
Three missionaries have been held hostage longer than any other Americans in any part of the world. Mark Rich, Dave Mankins, and Rick Tenenoff, serving in Panama with Florida-based New Tribes Mission, were captured together January 31, 1993. They were held by members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, who took them from Panama into a northeastern region of Colombia controlled by FARC. Word of their whereabouts and condition has ranged from scant to nonexistent since their first year of captivity.
Specifically: Taken into jungle in Columbia
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