Friends and family of an 85-year-old American veteran detained in North Korea have begun their fifth week of waiting, expressing hope that the well-loved grandfather will be released soon.
Merrill Newman's family in California released a statement Monday saying they remain concerned for his well-being. The Newmans asked North Korean authorities to quickly confirm that he has received his medication.
They said in the statement they also hope it will be possible to "resolve this misunderstanding so that he can quickly rejoin his family."
Merrill Newman and his wife, Lee, live in Palo Alto and have a vacation home in Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz community members say he's a generous participant in the rowing and yacht clubs and the film festival.
Newman was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities while preparing to leave the communist nation after a 10-day tour.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.