Couple Missing In Afghanistan Sent Videos To Ask For Help

The Associated Press reports


Caitlan Coleman, 28, and Joshua Boyle lost contact with their families 20 months ago while traveling near Kabul.

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U.S. law enforcement officials told the AP that the videos, which they consider to be genuine, may not help much because investigators can't determine when or where they were made.

Coleman's father received the files via email in July and September 2013 from an Afghan man who claimed a connection to the Taliban. One of the videos shows Coleman dressed in a black garment that covers everything but her face.

"I would ask that my family and my government do everything that they can to bring my husband, child and I to safety and freedom," Coleman said in the other recording, according to AP, with Boyle seated next to her.

Each of the videos lasts less than two minutes and are absent clues such as distinctive ethnic music that might give away a location. They are time stamped with May 20, 2013, and Aug. 20, 2013, but officials told the AP that such dates can be fabricated.

Coleman's father James Coleman first went public with pleas to find his daughter in Dec. 2012, three months after she went missing. At the time, an Afghan official> told CBS news that the couple was kidnapped

in Wardak province, west of Kabul, though there is no evidence to confirm that account.

The decision to make these videos public is likely tied to the weekend rescue of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whom the Taliban freed for five high-level Taliban suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The families expressed disappointment that their children weren't released as part of the same exchange.

"It would be no more appropriate to have our government turn their backs on their citizens than to turn their backs on those who serve," Joshua's father, Patrick Boyle, told the AP in a phone interview.

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