Major Jill Metzger Found Alive

She was found on the side of a road in the Kyrgyzstan capital with her head shaved:

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — A U.S. Air Force officer who disappeared earlier this week in Kyrgyzstan was found alive and returned to the American air base in this Central Asian nation, a U.S. military official said early Saturday.

Maj. Jill Metzger was found by Kyrgyz law enforcement agents in Bishkek, the capital, where she had last been seen before vanishing during a shopping excursion Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. base at Bishkek’s airport, Capt. Anna Carpenter, told The Associated Press.

Metzger was found on the side of the road with her head shaven, her father-in-law, Kelly Mayo, said in a telephone interview with the AP from Colorado Springs

“I know she’s coherent, and whoever had her let her go,” Mayo said. “We’ve got her back. Praise the Lord.”

Mayo said the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations notified the family Friday afternoon but were given few details. He said his son, Air Force Capt. Joshua Mayo, was elated after being told about his wife.

“I can’t even describe it. He’s just beside himself, just unbelievable joy,” Mayo said.

Carpenter declined to comment on Metzger’s condition, which a U.S. military statement said will be determined by a medical team.

“We are elated to have Jill back with us,” the statement quoted the base commander, Col. Scott Reese, as saying.

Kyrgyz authorities notified base officials at 1:15 a.m. local time Saturday of the news, the statement said. Kyrgyz officials were not immediately available for comment.

The AP report at Forbes offers a different account of how Major Metzger was found:

A U.S. Air Force officer who disappeared earlier this week in Kyrgyzstan was found alive late Friday, reportedly telling people who helped her that she had been kidnapped, Kyrgyz and U.S. officials said.

Maj. Jill Metzger, 33, was located by Kyrgyz law enforcement agents who informed authorities at the U.S. air base at the airport in Bishkek, the Central Asian nation’s capital, base spokeswoman Capt. Anna Carpenter said.

Kyrgyz Deputy Interior Minister Omurbek Suvanaliyev said Metzger, 33, knocked on the door of a house on the outskirts of the capital shortly before midnight and told its residents that she had been kidnapped.

Metzger said she had been abducted by three young men and a woman in a minibus and held in a rural area 30 miles from Bishkek, Suvanaliyev told The Associated Press, citing local police in Kant, where he said she approached the first house she came to. He said she looked exhausted and her hair was dyed.

That account differed somewhat from one given by Metzger’s father-in-law, Kelly Mayo, who said in a telephone interview with the AP from Colorado Springs, Colo., that Metzger was found on the side of the road with her head shaven.

Thank goodness she’s alive, but the discrepancies in how she was found are a little odd.

Update: Greta is doing an update on Major Metzger. An Air Force colonel said she was found disoriented outside near a Kyrgyzstan police station. Her husband said she was in a lot of “distress” when she was brought back to the base and may be sedated.

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