PROVIDENCE – David Sneddon, a 24-year-old BYU student, was traveling through China in August 2004 when he went missing. Sneddon’s parents, Providence residents Roy and Kathleen Sneddon, were told by Chinese officials that their son had likely drowned, but they didn’t believe it. No body was ever found. Now, more than a decade later, <a href=”http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/jnn?a=20160831-00000000-jnn-int” target=”_blank”>Yahoo Japan is reporting</a> what David’s parents have long thought, that he was kidnapped by North Korean officials.
The Yahoo Japan article states that David Sneddon was abducted and forced to teach English. He is believed to have taught North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The article also states he is believed to be living in Pyongyang with a wife and two children.
According to <a href=”http://www.helpfinddavid.com/” target=”_blank”>HelpFindDavid.com</a>, a website dedicated to raising awareness and locating David Sneddon, Roy Sneddon and his other two sons returned to China and retrace their son’s path shortly after David went missing. He was believed to has disappeared after hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge in the Yunnan Province, but multiple people in the area claimed to have seen him after he returned from the hike.
It is believed that David Sneddon, who served an LDS mission to South Korea a few years earlier, was targeted because of his fluency in Korean and English.