Ohio man disheartened North Korea holds student

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A man who was held by North Korea for nearly six months in 2014 says he’s “surprised and disheartened” to learn a fellow southwest Ohio resident has been detained there.

Jeffrey Fowle says he sympathizes with the family of detained American university student Otto Warmbier. Fowle says his thoughts and prayers are with them.

North Korea announced Friday it arrested the University of Virginia student for committing an unspecified “hostile act” while visiting the country. The U.S. Department of State says it’s aware of media reports a U.S. citizen was detained.

Warmbier is from the Cincinnati area. Fowle lives about 40 miles north in Miamisburg. He says he’s considering reaching out to Warmbier’s relatives. He says he’d want them to know he was treated “reasonably well” while detained.

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