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Major Jill Metzger safely returns to Moody

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September 15, 2006Valdosta - The Air Force Major who was the subject of a mysterious disappearance, then re-emergence arrived in South Georgia Thursday evening.

Jill Metzger safely returned home to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta.  The homecoming comes a week and a half after Major Metzger disappeared while souvenir shopping in Kyrgyzstan.

She was found three days later and claimed she had been kidnapped by four people in the country north of Afghanistan.  Metzger's family greeted her when she got off an Air Force plane at Moody tonight around six o'clock.

The Air Force hopes to release an official report about what happened to Metzger soon.  "Clearly there are a lot of questions about the investigation side of this. Those will be answered in good time. But tonight, we just want to emphasize we're very happy she's home. All of us here at Moody and all of us in the Air Force are happy she's back," said Col. Kenn Todorov, Vice Commander of the 347th Rescue Wing. 

Major Metzger spent the last few days undergoing medical evaluations and debriefings at a U. S. air base in Germany.

She was just a couple of days away from wrapping up a four-month deployment to Kyrgyzstan when she disappeared.

  • Here is the press release issued by Moody Air force Base--

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - The Air Force officer found alive and in good condition after disappearing in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, arrived at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., today at approximately 6 p.m. via an Air Force C-17 aircraft.

Maj. Jill Metzger was deployed to Manas Air Base as part of an Air Expeditionary Task Force.  She was reported missing on Sept. 5, but Kyrgyzstan law enforcement officials found her Sept. 8. 

She was subsequently transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center near Ramstein Air Base, Germany, for debriefings and medical evaluations.

"We are elated that Jill is home and we have a team in place to help get her through the final phases of the reintegration process," said Col. Kenn Todorov, 347 th Rescue Wing vice commander during a brief statement after Maj. Metzger's arrival here. "Her health and well being are our primary concern right now as we help on her path to full recovery."

Metzger has said right now she's focused on getting back to normal.  She's recovering and looking forward to spending time with her family. She has requested everyone's understanding in respecting her privacy at this time.

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