Parents appeal for release of correspondent kidnapped in Syria

The parents of a Boston-based foreign correspondent who has gone missing in Syria appealed publicly today to his presumed captors to release him.

James Foley, 39, has been missing since Thanksgiving Day. Foley’s father, John, urged “the people who have him” to let his family know his condition and his whereabouts—and to help the family get him freed.

“We’d like them to contact us,” he said in a brief news conference at the family home in New Hampshire.

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“We just pray that he’s released,” he said, calling his son, who has been working in Syria for more than a year, an “objective reporter” and a “passionate journalist” determined to cover an important story.

“We miss him terribly. He’s in our thoughts and prayers every day,” he said.

The family says Foley, who had been kidnapped in Libya in 2011, was abducted again on Thanksgiving Day. The family had initially asked that the kidnapping not be disclosed, but recently decided to make his capture public.

The family has set up a website, freejamesfoley.org, along with a Facebook page and Twitter account, to spread the word, the Globe reports this morning.