85-year-old detained in North Korea

Unconfirmed reports of Merrill Newman of Palo Alto, California have circulated around the internet for the last few days.

The family of the 85-year-old said he has been detained since Oct. 26th , North Korean officials have  not confirm the identity of the American citizen being detained. Newman, a Korean war veteran and a traveling companion were scheduled for a 10-day private tour of the country. He  was reportedly pulled from a Beijing bound flight minutes before take off and has not been seen since.

This comes months after another American detainee, Kenneth Bae made headlines earlier this year and after North Korean lifted various travel restrictions making the country a destination for some Americans. 

So far there is no word on either Bae or Newman’s release dates in North Korea.



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