BOISE, Idaho — The family of an American prisoner of war captured nearly four years ago in Afghanistan says it has received a letter it believes was written by him.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009, and is believed held in Pakistan.
His mother and father in Idaho issued a statement on Thursday saying they’ve received a letter they’re confident was written by him.
In the statement, Bob and Jani Bergdahl say the letter, delivered through the International Committee of the Red Cross, gives them hope their son is doing as well as can be expected, under the circumstances.
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“Our family is greatly relieved and encouraged by this letter,” they wrote.
They didn’t release excerpts from the letter or detail its content.
They thanked the Red Cross for its help and renewed their plea for his captors to release Bergdahl, who turned 27 in March.
“We hope Bowe’s captors will again consider his parents’ plea to release him, but in the meantime, we ask that you please continue to keep him in good health and allow him to keep corresponding with us,” they wrote.
Bergdahl’s captivity, which will mark its fourth anniversary this month, has been marked by only sporadic releases of videos and information on his whereabouts.
In his hometown of Hailey, residents continue to adorn numerous trees and light poles with yellow ribbons, to remember his plight.
Though he’s thought by the United States to be held by the Haqqani Network, a Pakistan-based group that President Obama’s administration has declared to be a terrorist organization, leaders of the Haqqani said last December that Bergdahl was actually being held by another Taliban group.
Col. Tim Marsano, an Idaho National Guard spokesman acting as a media liaison for the Bergdahl family, said details from the letter indicate it’s genuine.