Zulia state Gov. Omar Prieto announced Sunday evening on his Twitter account that 72-year-old Ana Isabel Soto was rescued earlier in the day by judicial police, state police and other security officers.
Prieto said in a second tweet that he has ordered state police to investigate a police anti-drug team for alleged involvement in the kidnapping. He gave no other details, but Venezuelan media said five officers had been arrested in the case.
A friend from Venezuela sent me this picture of @Pirates catcher Elias Diaz's mom after she was saved from her captors / Un colega de Venezuela me envió esta foto de la madre de Elías Díaz después de ser liberada tras su secuestro ¡Enhorabuena! pic.twitter.com/qzLo5O1H63— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) February 12, 2018
The Pirates confirmed on Thursday that Diaz's mother was missing and said the team was working with Venezuelan officials to secure her safe return.
Team officials gave no specifics on the case, but Venezuelan media said the 24-year-old player's mother was kidnapped by three armed men at her home in San Francisco, a city about 430 miles (700 kilometers) west of Caracas.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement Monday that the organization was "relieved and overjoyed" to hear the news that Diaz's mother was rescued.
"We are incredibly grateful for the swift and effective work of the local law enforcement officials in Venezuela who brought this terrifying act to the safe conclusion for which we had all prayed. As an organization, we will continue to support Elias and his family as they move forward together," Coonelly said.
Diaz played 64 games for Pittsburgh in 2017, hitting .223 with 19 RBIs and 18 runs.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.