Costa Mesa woman believed to be kidnapped in Uganda while on vacation

A Costa Mesa woman is believed to have been abducted in Uganda and currently being held for ransom.

Federal authorities are not saying much but say they are aware of the situation.

Foreign officials say Kimberley Sue Endecott and her local safari guide were reportedly kidnapped on Tuesday night as they drove through the Queen Elizabeth National Park on safari to see wild animals.

The kidnappers were armed and dressed in military garb, authorities said. According to Ugandan police, Endecott's phone was used to make a ransom demand of $500,000.

"We strongly believe that this ransom is the reason behind the kidnap," Uganda Deputy Police Spokeswoman Polly Namaye said.

No further details were immediately known. This story will be updated when new information becomes available.