LEBANON, Ohio (AP/WDTN)) – 2 NEWS has learned a West Carrollton man detained in North Korea will land at Wright Patterson Air Force Base early Wednesday morning. This is the first time Jeffrey Fowle will be back in the Miami Valley since he was detained six months ago.
The family attorney for Fowle says there is great excitement over news that he has been released from North Korea.
Lebanon attorney Timothy Tepe said his office is not releasing exact details about Fowle’s return for privacy reasons, but Tepe told 2 NEWS the family is overwhelmed with excitement.
Fowle’s former employer, the City of Moraine, released a statement today saying they are delighted by the news and said the city manager has been in contact with Tepe. The release said Fowle is expected home Wednesday.
The city ended Fowle’s employment last month after his extended absence. The Mayor of the community will be making a statement Wednesday.
The State Department said Tuesday that the 56-year-old West Carrollton resident had been released, nearly six months after he was taken into custody after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. He had been awaiting trial.
Two other Americans who have been convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.
2 NEWS will be at the base for Fowle’s return and provide complete coverage throughout the day on air and online.