Congressional Resolution to Help David

Rep. Chris Stewart and Sen. Mike Lee introduced a resolution in Congress for further investigation into the disappearance of David Sneddon.

You can read the full resolution here. Both members of Congress gave speeches while introducing the resolution. You can watch Rep. Chris Stewart’s speech here and Sen. Mike Lee’s speech here.

For a summary of the resolution and speeches, see the News Release from the Utah Congressional Delegation below:

Stewart and Lee Introduce Resolution on Behalf of BYU Student Who Went Missing in China in 2004

 Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced aConcurrent Resolution on behalf of David Sneddon, a Brigham Young University student who went missing in China in 2004. The Resolution lays out the facts of Sneddon’s disappearance and asks the State Department and intelligence community to continue to investigate the case, specifically the possibility that the North Korean government may have abducted Sneddon.

Sneddon was last seen in 2004 hiking in western China. Chinese officials say he likely died while hiking, but there is no evidence of an accident, his body has never been found, and there are witnesses who claim they saw Sneddon after he finished hiking.

North Korean officials are known to operate in this particular region of China, and the Sneddon family, along with various experts in North Korean policy, believe that the North Korea government may have abducted David, using his language skills to train government officials and operatives. Sneddon is fluent in Korean, having lived in South Korea for two years while serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 “Even though it may be difficult, it’s the duty of the United States government to follow all leads to locate a missing citizen,” Stewart said. “The evidence indicates that there are still a lot of unanswered questions about David’s disappearance. David’s family deserves answers to those questions, and until we find those answers I will continue urging the State Department to pursue allpossible explanations for David’s disappearance.”

“The first and most important responsibility of the United States government is to ensure the safety and freedom of the American people at home and abroad. This includes investigating all plausible explanations behind David’s disappearance, and leaving no stone unturned in trying to return one of our brothers to his family,” Lee said. “At the time of his disappearance, David had his whole life ahead of him. But in August 2004 it was tragically cut short. The Sneddon family deserves to know why.”

This resolution is co-sponsored by Sen. Hatch (R-Utah) and by Reps. Bishop (UT-1), Chaffetz (UT-3) and Love (UT-4).”

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Background and Facts to the Disappearance of David Sneddon

Who is David Louis Sneddon

Ghost Guesthouse Records & Invisible Investigations

US State Dept From Valiance to Valium

Death to Disproved Death-in-Gorge Theory

Forced Abduction by North Korea No Farce

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North Korea: Witness to Transformation – PIIE blog

“North Korea: Witness to Transformation,” a blog under the Petersen Institute for International Economics, wrote two posts regarding American detentions and abductions in North Korea. The blog, which is written by distinguished observers of North Korea, refers to David Sneddon as a possible case of North Korean abduction. In June 2014, Stephan Haggard writes,

“A North Korean defector who had previously provided reliable information to the group [National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea] had obtained Chinese security documents indicating that a 23- or 24-year-old American was arrested in Yunnan province on charges of helping illegal residents—which could have included North Koreans in transit—and that he ended up in the hands of five North Korean secret agents.”

Marcus Noland, another highly respected economist, also makes mention of the growing body of evidence surrounding a possible abduction of David Sneddon in his November 2014 article.

Click on the links below for the full articles.

Slave to the Blog: Detentions and Abductions Edition

Slave to the Blog: China-ROK, Russia-DPRK, Japan-DPRK, Swiss secrecy, Captives and a Correction

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