LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) -It was terrifying for the Vadells and other families who, for a week, believed the CITGO 6 had been moved from Venezuela’s military counter intelligence agency where they've been captive since November 2017.
Cristina Vadell, whose father Tomeu is one of the six, says it was unbearable.
"When you fear that they may have been moved and you don't know to where, and nobody can help you understand where they are, you're pretty terrified," she said.
It was likewise, for her mother, Dennysse.
“I couldn’t think straight, I couldn’t believe that it was happening. We didn’t know what to do, who to talk to," she said.
They now know the men are in that same military facility, but they believe conditions continue to deteriorate. There’s no direct communication.
“Based on the bit of information we got from the family visits, essentially, these men fear for their lives. So, it’s as urgent as that. it’s as urgent as life or death,” said Cristina.
Cristina and her mother plead for the release of Tomeu and the others.
“It’s so unfair because he’s innocent of all these charges,” said Dennysse.
"It's come to time for all stakeholders to work endlessly to secure the release of my father and these men," said Cristina.
The U.S. Treasury issued sanctions against Venezuela’s military counterintelligence agency, in response to the death of the Venezuelan navy captain.