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Missing U.S. Air Force Major Jill Metzger FOUND
abcnews ^ | 982006 | JONATHAN KARL

Posted on 09/08/2006 3:07:09 PM PDT by show me state

Edited on 09/08/2006 3:58:09 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 — Air Force Maj. Jill Metzger, who vanished Monday in Kyrgyzstan, has been found and now is back in Air Force control, ABC News has learned.

"We are elated to have Jill back with us," said Air Force spokesman Col. Scott Reese. Local police notified U.S. officials that she had been found at 1:15 a.m. local time in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Air Force officials say she was found alone and appears to have been beaten. Officials say she is "coherent," in "relatively good condition" and is talking to investigators. She is also undergoing medical evaluation.

Officials would not comment on the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and said the investigation is ongoing

The news brought elation to Metzger's family.

"It's a dream come true. The most significant event of our lives," said Kelly Mayo, Metzger's father-in-law. Mayo said he has not spoken to Metzger yet, but believes she had been kidnapped and "whoever had her dropped her off on the side of the road."

Metzger vanished on Monday afternoon in Kyrgyzstan — a poor, predominantly Muslim country in Central Asia. Since shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Kyrgyzstan has been home to a strategically important U.S. military base that supports operations in Afghanistan. The government is generally pro-American, and in recent years has experienced sporadic clashes with Islamic fundamentalists.

Just 10 days before deploying to Kyrgyzstan in April, Metzger married Air Force Capt. Josh Mayo. They had already bought tickets for a honeymoon in Jamaica later this month, he said.

"We were going to take Jet Skis out, have a couple of romantic dinners. It is very disappointing," said Mayo

Before her disappearance, Metzger was last seen out shopping with five others from the base. The group briefly separated inside a department store in the center of Bishkek, several miles from the base. They had agreed to meet a short time later, but Metzger never showed up.


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1 posted on 09/08/2006 3:07:09 PM PDT by show me state
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To: show me state

Excellent news! I appreciate the update. Saw this story last night on Greta.


2 posted on 09/08/2006 3:08:19 PM PDT by jdm (I gotta give the Helen Thomas obsession a rest.)
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To: show me state

Good news, but weird. I wonder what her explanation will be.


3 posted on 09/08/2006 3:08:29 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

She was shopping?


4 posted on 09/08/2006 3:09:03 PM PDT by bonfire
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To: bonfire

btt


5 posted on 09/08/2006 3:09:46 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: show me state

Another conversion to Islam at the point of an AK-47?
(just rife speculation)


6 posted on 09/08/2006 3:09:50 PM PDT by VOA
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To: bonfire

My thoughts exactly, after years of experience travelling with the fairer sex.


7 posted on 09/08/2006 3:10:10 PM PDT by osideplanner
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To: show me state

She's a woman. She stopped and ask for directions. See how well it worked out.


8 posted on 09/08/2006 3:10:30 PM PDT by em2vn
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To: show me state

Am I imagining things, or does anybody remember this sort of thing happening a few years ago? Missing person later found unharmed? Central Asia?


9 posted on 09/08/2006 3:10:32 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: skeeter

Ran off with some local man I predict


10 posted on 09/08/2006 3:11:21 PM PDT by Shermy (A louder mime)
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To: em2vn
I loathe myself for laughing at that.

several times, now

11 posted on 09/08/2006 3:11:57 PM PDT by SmithL (The fact that they can't find Hoffa is proof that he never existed.)
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To: show me state

Original story...she did disappear while shopping, LOL.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/09/06/news/stan.php


12 posted on 09/08/2006 3:13:09 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: show me state
Was she with Jennifer Flowers?
13 posted on 09/08/2006 3:13:12 PM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: dawn53

I know AND I totally understand!


14 posted on 09/08/2006 3:13:42 PM PDT by bonfire
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To: msnimje
Was she with Jennifer Flowers?

Uh oh, Clinton on the brain today. I meant Jennifer Eubanks.
15 posted on 09/08/2006 3:15:03 PM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: bonfire

Maybe Kyrgyz has an outlet mall.


16 posted on 09/08/2006 3:15:13 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: show me state

It has to be related to shoes. Lots and lots of shoes.


17 posted on 09/08/2006 3:15:56 PM PDT by zarf
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To: show me state

I didn't even know she was missing but I am so very glad she's found and safe.


18 posted on 09/08/2006 3:16:13 PM PDT by California74
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To: show me state

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=2411302&page=1


Sept. 8, 2006 — Air Force Maj. Jill Metzger was found today in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, four days after her baffling disappearance, ABC News has learned.

She was alone and not being held against her will, and was in good condition when she was found, Pentagon officials said.

Information on her whereabouts came from a tip.


19 posted on 09/08/2006 3:16:53 PM PDT by show me state
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To: show me state

Wow I'm glad she's found but this woman was married a couple weeks ago. Maybe a runaway bride?


20 posted on 09/08/2006 3:19:33 PM PDT by Varda
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To: show me state

Secret rendevous with a previously unidentified paramour?


21 posted on 09/08/2006 3:19:52 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Shermy
"Ran off with some local man I predict"

My thoughts exactly....hormones kicked in and he lured her away with a chocolate bar.

22 posted on 09/08/2006 3:20:53 PM PDT by patriot_wes (Infant baptism - the foundation of an unbelieving and unsaved church.....)
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To: em2vn
It's bad enough laughing at that. Now I gotta explain why I was laughing at that...
23 posted on 09/08/2006 3:21:59 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: msnimje

LOL. I guess you mean Wilbanks?


24 posted on 09/08/2006 3:22:14 PM PDT by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: Varda

I was thinking that last night when I saw the story on Greta. The hubby needs to sit her down and have a serious talk with her.

And then the Air Force needs to look into her possibly being AWOL.


25 posted on 09/08/2006 3:23:28 PM PDT by elc (Feeling the babywearing love)
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To: show me state

per Fox she is ALIVE


26 posted on 09/08/2006 3:24:15 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two. Osama Bin laden)
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To: show me state

what happens in Kyrgzistan, stays in Kyrgzistan


27 posted on 09/08/2006 3:26:08 PM PDT by npg
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To: show me state

She spent a couple of days in Aruba. Greta will have the details at the top of the hour.


28 posted on 09/08/2006 3:27:37 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (The California Republican Party needs Arnold the way a drowning man needs an anvil.)
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To: elc
Yes I agree it looks like she was AWOL and I certainly hope that husband of hers has a talk with her. He should have done it before marrying her. Unless she's had an aneurysm it appears she's unstable.
29 posted on 09/08/2006 3:27:41 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Shermy

Then she can count her career as over. Hopefully she'll come up with something better than that!


30 posted on 09/08/2006 3:27:45 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: npg

Har!


31 posted on 09/08/2006 3:28:10 PM PDT by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: show me state

Thanks! I was looking for some confirmation.


32 posted on 09/08/2006 3:28:20 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: show me state
From the ABC story:

"The Air Force's Office of Special Investigations said that Metzger had been beaten, though she was coherent, and she will undergo medical evaluation."

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=2411302

33 posted on 09/08/2006 3:29:31 PM PDT by Axhandle
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To: show me state
The Air Force's Office of Special Investigations said that Metzger had been beaten, though she was coherent, and she will undergo medical evaluation.

Sounds like she met a Muslim male.

34 posted on 09/08/2006 3:30:20 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (The California Republican Party needs Arnold the way a drowning man needs an anvil.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

so he beat her too? please.


35 posted on 09/08/2006 3:32:08 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two. Osama Bin laden)
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To: Varda; elc; skeeter

And she's a Major too. How many people are Majors by the time they're (only) 30? Maybe 2 or 3?


36 posted on 09/08/2006 3:32:23 PM PDT by jdm (I gotta give the Helen Thomas obsession a rest.)
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To: jdm

many


37 posted on 09/08/2006 3:33:02 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two. Osama Bin laden)
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To: truthkeeper

too easy, huh?


38 posted on 09/08/2006 3:33:59 PM PDT by npg
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To: Varda

judgemental jerks (hear your name?) on this thread need to stop it, and NOW.


39 posted on 09/08/2006 3:35:08 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two. Osama Bin laden)
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To: ElkGroveDan
I Dunno

I kinda hope the story is that she was kidnapped and beaten, but as able to kill 3 of her kidnappers by ripping out their throats and escaped, running some 10 miles until found....

Or something like that. We'll see tho.
40 posted on 09/08/2006 3:35:34 PM PDT by ASOC (The phrase "What if" or "If only" are for children.)
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To: em2vn
She's a woman. She stopped and ask for directions. See how well it worked out.

Especially since she asked for them from a man. ;-)

41 posted on 09/08/2006 3:36:07 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: show me state

Must have been one heck of a sale.


42 posted on 09/08/2006 3:36:22 PM PDT by BW2221
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To: RDTF; All

Roger-That,,,!


43 posted on 09/08/2006 3:37:10 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: show me state
More complete story from ABC News
44 posted on 09/08/2006 3:37:17 PM PDT by verum ago (Proper foreign policy makes loud noises.)
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To: show me state

Thank God! We really don't know enough about this for the wisecracks yet. I'm just glad we don't have another American military person at the tender mercies of the Islamic nutcases.


45 posted on 09/08/2006 3:37:28 PM PDT by livius
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To: jdm

They have tons! It the Air Force. They have the youngest officers and the oldest NCOs.


46 posted on 09/08/2006 3:38:10 PM PDT by antidisestablishment (Our people perish through lack of wisdom, but they are content in their ignorance.)
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To: Axhandle

"been beaten" and "in good health" don't go into the same evaluation. What are they going to come up with next..."not being held against her will" and "locked in a room"?


47 posted on 09/08/2006 3:38:24 PM PDT by Varda
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NBC National News on TV says she was found wandering, beaten with her hair cut and hair dyed near a police station in Bishkek.


48 posted on 09/08/2006 3:41:08 PM PDT by stlnative (WARNING my post is most likely full of poor spelling & bad grammar which are all free of charge!)
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To: skeeter

Maybe it was Kyrgistan Dan!


49 posted on 09/08/2006 3:41:22 PM PDT by eastforker (.308 SOCOM 16, hottest brand going.)
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To: show me state

If someone took her, then despite what was reported, she will have been raped.

Every female prisoner in war so far has been raped to my understanding, as have some men.


50 posted on 09/08/2006 3:42:49 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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