BYU student believed to be kidnapped by North Korea

UTAH (KSL) — The family of a Brigham Young University student who vanished in China in 2004 says a Japan news source is reporting what they have believed for a long time: He was abducted by agents of the North Korean government.

David Sneddon is believed to now have a wife and two children and lives in Pyongyang, where he teaches English, Yahoo Japan’s report claims. According to the article, Kim Jong-un, the dictatorial leader of North Korea, is one of Sneddon’s former students.

Sneddon’s family also learned Wednesday that the U.S. Department of State is formally launching an active search for him in North Korea.

His parents have previously said they quickly grew skeptical of authorities’ explanation that he likely drowned while hiking in the Yunnan Province in western China in 2004.

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