Congressional Resolution Introduced Urging Government to Investigate Likely Captivity of U.S. Citizen in North Korea

Resolution encourages U.S. government investigators to probe all possible explanations for the disappearance of David Sneddon in China in 2004

SALT LAKE CITY--()--U.S. Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Chris Stewart have jointly introduced a resolution calling for the federal government to investigate the likely captivity of U.S. citizen David Sneddon in North Korea. The resolution specifically requests the U.S. intelligence community become involved in David Sneddon’s case and explore the many expert voices in recent years who have raised the possibility that David may be captive in North Korea.

“Did North Korea Kidnap an American Hiker?”

David is the only U.S. citizen to go missing in China without an explanation since relations between our countries were normalized under President Nixon. The congressional resolution brings deserved attention to the compelling facts and circumstances surrounding David's case that have led North Korean experts, investigative journalists, former intelligence and law enforcement officials, public servants and David's family members to reach the strong conclusion that North Korea may have been involved in David's disappearance. The resolution calls on the U.S. intelligence community and the U.S. State Department to investigate David's likely captivity in North Korea and explore means to bring him home.

Senators Mike Lee, Orrin Hatch, Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, along with the entire U.S. House of Representatives delegations for the states of Utah and Nebraska – including House Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz – have taken a significant step in pressing the U.S. government to move forward in the search for David Sneddon. David is a native Nebraskan and was a university student in Utah when he disappeared while touring in the People's Republic of China's Yunnan Province in 2004. Witnesses have stated Sneddon stayed overnight at several guesthouses during and after his hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Experts have stated that David’s disappearance in China fits the pattern of multiple foreign national kidnappings by North Korea in east Asia since the 1970s.

In the Wall Street Journal commentary “North Korea’s Kidnappers and the Fate of David Sneddon” Japanese Minister of State Keiji Furuya stated that it is likely Sneddon was abducted by North Korea in 2004. Minister Furuya’s statement supported information from the Tokyo-based research organization NARKN (National Association for Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea) as well as the unwavering belief by the Sneddon family that their son did not perish in a hiking accident. The Sneddon’s search for David has been well-documented in the Outside Magazine article “Did North Korea Kidnap an American Hiker?”

Among compelling information that may pertain to David’s case, NARKN told the U.S. State Department that a reliable intelligence source shared that in August 2004 (the date of David Sneddon’s disappearance) Yunnan provincial police arrested an American university student on suspicion of helping North Korean refugees. Chinese officials are known to allow North Korean agents to arrest North Korean refugees or operatives on the Asian Underground Railroad helping such refugees on Chinese soil. Another source told the Japanese researchers that the Yunnan police handed over the American to North Korean security agents, presumably after learning he was not an operative on the Asian Underground Railroad, but simply a tourist and language student. In both cases, details about the unnamed student correspond with the known facts about David Sneddon.

“While these past 12 years have been difficult for us, we are heartened by the interest of U.S. lawmakers in exploring the compelling facts in David’s case. The new investigative emphasis on David’s likely captivity in North Korea may be the key that ultimately brings him home,” said Michael Sneddon, an American technology CEO who is the brother of David.

The family is posting all information as it emerges through their website and their Facebook page, Bringing David Louis Sneddon Home

Senator Lee and Congressman Stewart made substantive introductory remarks about the resolution to advance David’s case on February 10, 2016 – the same day the U.S. Senate approved increased sanctions against the North Korean regime. The resolution is S. Con. Res. 30 in the U.S. Senate and H. Con. Res. 114 in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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Release Summary

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee and Congressman Chris Stewart have jointly introduced a resolution calling for the government to investigate the likely captivity of U.S. citizen David Sneddon in North Korea.

Bringing David Louis Sneddon Home