Two foreign missionaries kidnapped in southern Guatemala were rescued Friday in an operation that resulted in the arrest of three suspects, authorities said.

U.S. citizen Sara Catherine Treviño and Ecuadorian Gladys Vallejos, both Mormon missionaries, were abducted Wednesday in the city of Escuintla, police said in a statement.

A special police task force determined the women were being held at a home in that city and stormed the residence, freeing the missionaries and arresting three suspects.

Taken into custody were an 18-year-old Guatemalan woman and two Nicaraguan men.

One of the Nicaraguans, Gabriel de Jesus Calero, was already wanted for the June kidnapping and murder of an engineer in Escuintla.

A search of the home where the missionaries were found turned up ledgers recording ransoms collected in previous kidnappings, the police statement said. EFE