Investigation sought into BYU student’s disappearance

Rep. Chris Stewart addressing Republican delegates at Roy's Pizza during a campaign stop, St. George, Utah, April 18, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

WASHINGTON – A congressional resolution sponsored by Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, directing the State Department and Intelligence Community to investigate the disappearance of Brigham Young University student David Sneddon passed the House Wednesday.

The resolution specifically asks for an investigation into the possibility that the North Korean government may have abducted Sneddon.

David Sneddon in China, ca. 2004 | Photo courtesy of Rep. Chris Stewart, St. George News
David Sneddon in China, ca. 2004 | Photo courtesy of Rep. Chris Stewart, St. George News

Sneddon was last seen in 2004 hiking in western China. Chinese officials say he likely died while hiking, but there is no evidence of an accident, his body has never been found, and there are witnesses who claim they saw Sneddon after he finished hiking.

North Korean officials are known to operate in this particular region of China and the Sneddon family, along with various experts in North Korean policy, believe that the North Korea government may have abducted David, as they have citizens of other countries, using his language skills to train government officials and operatives.

A recent report out of South Korea potentially validates this theory.

“As the resolution indicates, there is more work to be done by the State Department and Intelligence Community,” Stewart said. “Particularly given the recent reports out of South Korea that David may be alive, David’s family deserves answers, and until we find those answers we should continue to pursue all possible explanations for David’s disappearance.”

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1 Comment

  • .... September 30, 2016 at 8:37 am

    This is absolutely heart breaking and devastating to the family. I hope he is still alive and some how he will be returned to his family and loved ones. My Prayers are with him and his family. Praise the Lord !

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