N. Korean detainee’s wife releases statement

Jeffrey Fowle detained in North Korea. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The wife of a local man detained in North Korea made a statement Monday through her attorney.

Tanya Fowle is responding for the first time since it came to light that her husband, Jeffrey, 56, was being held there. The family attorney says he was traveling to North Korea on vacation as part of a tour.

The statement reads:

Jeffrey loves to travel and loves the adventure of experiencing different cultures and seeing new places. The Fowle family would like to express their sincere appreciation to The Swedish Embassy for their continuing efforts on Jeff’s behalf. The family would also like to thank those from around the world who have offered their support during this difficult time. Mrs. Fowle and the children miss Jeffery very much and are anxious for his return home. Finally, the Fowle family requests that their privacy be respected in the days to come. Thank you.

The Fowles have been married for 14 years. The have three children ages 12, 10 and 9.

Ms. Fowle took no questions during the statement Monday afternoon.

Official word about Fowle’s status was released Friday. The US State Department would only confirm that an American citizen was being detained. A Bible was found in Fowle’s hotel room prompted his arrest. Christianity is forbidden in the community country.

The Korean Central News Agency reported that Fowle was being investigated for violating the law by acting “contrary to the purpose of tourism”.



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