Saturday 3 December 2016

Student who went missing in 2004 'kidnapped by North Korea and forced to teach English'

Published 02/09/2016 | 07:40

David Sneddon (pictured) disappeared in 2004
David Sneddon (pictured) disappeared in 2004
Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.

A student, who was first reported missing in 2004, was actually kidnapped and forced to teach English in North Korea, according to authorities.

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American student David Sneddon, disappeared while hiking in the Yunnan Province in China. The student, who is fluent in Korean, was just 24 at the time.

Police initially said that Sneddon had died in a hiking accident, but no body was ever found.

David's parents were always suspicious. 

“We knew in our heart that he was alive, so we had to keep fighting,” his mother, Kathleen Sneddon told the New York Post.

According to Choi Sung-yong, the head of South Korea's Abductee's Family Union, Sneddon has been found living in North Korea where he is being forced to work as a school teacher.

According to reports, he lives in Pyongyang and is married with two children.

David's parents believe he was kidnapped because of a previous visit to South Korea, where his language skills became known.

It remains unclear why Sneddon never contacted his parents or American officials.

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