Fowle family renews plea for father’s release in North Korea

Fowle Family statement. (WDTN Photo/Natalie Tendall)
Fowle Family statement. (WDTN Photo/Natalie Tendall)

LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN) – The family of the West Carrollton man detained in North Korea is asking the government to release their loved one.

The Fowle family spoke through their attorney Tuesday, who read a prepared statement by the family.

Jeffrey Fowle was detained in North Korea more than three months ago after reports that a Bible was found in his hotel room. Fowle was in the Communist country on a sightseeing visit.

The statement, in part, says:

The family would like to express its heartfelt apology to the people and the government of the DPRK. jeff has apologized publicly for his actions and Jeffrey’s family petitions the government of the DPRK for mercy toward Jeffrey and asks for his release.

Fowle’s wife, Tatyana, and their three children, have talked to Jeffrey Fowle on the phone. They have also received a letter.

The statement reads on:

They miss him and are desperate for his release and return home. Jeff is the primary financial provider for their family and Tatyana is struggling to manage by herself. Jeffrey has expressed concern that his job benefits may run out soon.

Fowle is set to go on trial in North Korea for alleged ‘actions inconsistent with a tourist”. The attorney representing the family says Mrs. Fowle sent a letter directly to President Obama, asking for help on her family’s behalf.

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