A US student who supposedly died in China in 2004 has reportedly turned up alive in North Korea after being kidnapped to serve as Kim Jong Un‘s personal tutor.
David Sneddon (pictured above) of Brigham Young University disappeared in Yunnan Province aged 24, in what Chinese police said was probably a hiking accident. But the reality, according to Choi Sung-yong, head of South Korea’s Abductees’ Family Union, is that he was kidnapped to be an English tutor to Kim Jong Un, the then-heir to North Korea Yahoo News Japan reported.Sneddon’s parents Roy and Kathleen have long doubted the official story of their son’s disappearance and have never lost hope of finding him. His mother said:
‘We just knew in our heart that he was alive, so we had to keep fighting.’
Their suspicion was based in part on the fact that Sneddon’s body was never found after he was believed to have died in Tiger Leaping Gorge, a canyon on Yunnan’s Jinsha River that is highly popular with tourists.
The area is also one of a series of stops on the underground railroad that moves North Korean escapees to South-East Asia. His parents
Sneddon is now living in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, where he teaches English to children and has a wife and two children, Choi said.
Sneddon had last been seen on August 14 leaving a Korean restaurant in Shangri-La, a town not far from the Tiger Leaping Gorge trail.
He was reported missing on August 26, when he failed to turn up at the airport in Seoul, South Korea, where he was to meet his brother.
Sneddon’s parents believe their son was targeted because of his fluency in Korean, which he used while serving on a Mormon mission in South Korea.