Issue #25780: Minuteman Kidnapping Quest: Victim not present at quest marker, not possible to find
This happened to me the first time, but seems to be a rather frequent problem: The victim of a kidnapping is nowhere to be found.
The quest: 'Kidnapping at <LOCATION>'
<LOCATION> is a random settlement, in this case a settlement which the player has acquired and which is defended. (In contrast to kidnappings to bring a settlement to join MM).
In my case it is County Crossing, I received the quest via MM Radio. When I mark the quest as active and arrive at County Crossing a settler is marked. Speaking to him leads to a complaint, that his brother was kidnapped. One has the usual options and the location to seek for him is Revere Beach Station. I had visited Revere Beach Station at least once, but RB-Station was activated in full, several doors were locked, containers refilled, enemies respawned. The named end boss (a strong Raider) was no longer present, as usual, but replaced by an unnamed strong Raider. Cleaning out the place including miscellaneous Rad Roaches and a lot of Raiders revealed the quest marker pointing at the usual location for the kidnapping victim, but there was nothing, no body, no victim.
I immediately made a save when I received the quest via Radio. Therefore I could try it twice, each time after receiving the quest I traveled to County Crossing, talked to the settler and then immediately went to Revere Beach Station, so a timeout of the quest is not possible. Twice I fought through all the enemies only to find nothing. I think the quest is set up when you receive it, but the NPCs (including the victim) are not yet spawned in, since the player is elsewhere. Despite this twice the spawning of the victim seems to have gone wrong. The quest marker is in the usual location where the victim is, according to the Wiki. I would not know where to find the victim, maybe there is an alternate location, but then the quest marker is wrong.
The third time I did not promise to free the victim, but paid the ransom, which did solve the quest, but somewhat disappointing.
Game Version: 1.10.120. No mods except UFO4P! No graphic enhancers or anything not original, but all DLCs.
I wanted to add the save after receiving the quest, but before visiting County Crossing, so one could replay it. But this does not work, regrettably. Will post to AFK forums...
I suspect the victim just had no space to spawn. In a YT video somebody does this quest in Revere Beach Station and the victim sits exactly where my quest marker pointed to, but in my case there is a lootable object (Mr. Handy Fuel), and no NPC. Maybe the victim spawned under the floor?