Missing, Believed-Dead U.S. Student Alive! Kidnapped And Forced to Tutor Kim Jong Un In North Korea

On August 14, 2004, Brigham Young University student David Sneddon, then 24, vanished while hiking in Yunnan, China. While no body was ever recovered, police had believed Sneddon died accidentally.

A new report issued by South Korea states that not only is Sneddon alive, but that North Korean agents abducted him and smuggled the young man back to their homeland, where he was forced to teach English to young dictator Kim Jong Un. The report also claims that Sneddon, now 36, is presently a married father of two living in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. Agents targeted Sneddon, the report maintains, because he was fluent in Korean. He was even last seen leaving a Korean restaurant.

The U.S. Department of State is taking this new information seriously and announced on Wednesday that it will conduct an “active search.” Sneddon’s parents, Roy and Kathleen, never believed David was dead. They’ve worked tirelessly to locate him, traveling to Asia repeatedly, and running a website and Facebook page dedicated to the pursuit. “We knew in our heart he was alive,” Kathleen said, “so we had to keep fighting.”

The Sneddons even rallied Utah Representatives Christ Stewart and Mike Lee to push Congress last February for official action. “The evidence indicates that there are still a lot of unanswered questions about David’s disappearance,” Stewart said. “David’s family deserves answers to those questions, and until we find those answers I will continue urging the state department to pursue all possible explanations for David’s disappearance.” 

North Korea has long been accused of kidnapping foreign citizens, often for the victims to serve members of the ruling class. The abductions are said to occur most frequently in South Korea and Japan, but also from far away as Austria, Germany, and Norway. Should the David Sneddon case prove authentic, China can also be added to that unfortunate list.

Roy Sneddon is of course focused on his son, but addressed the larger issue, as well: “One young man from Utah is a sad and woeful story. But when you look at the total number,” he says, “Pray for the people of North Korea that their lives will change.”

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  • Joshua Binyard

    I know this is terrible for the family but if somehow they get him extradited back here to the US he will not be able to go back and see/ or get his family. the chances of his family being sent back here with him are very slim. This can’t even be listed as distraught I mean under what cases can you get kidnapped given a job a beautiful wife a nice home (beautiful wife and home are assumed) this doesn’t happen to most kidnapped victims I’d say he’s blessed but yet cursed. The best that can be offered is that the parents are given a visa to go visit their son and grand children.


    Sorry about how his family feels but I don’t think he got kidnapped cause having a good paying job got married has 2 kids a nice house and a good life that doesn’t sound like being kidnapped to me that sounds like a good life to me. I believe he just wanted to get away from home and start a new life on his own and his family just blew everything out of proportion sorry to say this but that’s what I think cause if he was kidnapped they would of asked for ransom or anything they would’ve wanted in return for his life don’t you think so.

  • Meng Pant

    South Korean propaganda