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On January 8, 1985, Father Lawrence Martin Jenco, a Catholic Priest and Joliet, Illinois native, was taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon by Islamic radical militants. Jenco had been in Lebanon overseeing Catholic Relief Services when five men subdued and kidnapped him. He was held in a variety of locations for 564 days until he was rescued on July 26, 1986. Jenco was released relatively unharmed after successful negotiating by the Reagan administration to convince the Islamic radicals to release him.