He said they were believed to have been taken from one district in Wardak to a second and then into Ghazni.
‘‘After that, the trail went dead,’’ Janan said.
He said it was suspected that the kidnappers were Taliban because criminal gangs would have likely asked for a ransom.
When the AP contacted Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid about the missing couple two months ago, he said the group had carried out an investigation and found no Taliban members were involved.
‘‘We do not know about these two foreigners,’’ he said in a telephone interview.
Janan’s information could not be independently verified, and U.S. and Canadian officials still do not say for certain the couple was abducted.
NATO officials said they had no current information on the case, which was turned over to the U.S. State Department after it was determined the couple were not affiliated with foreign military forces.
Coleman said his daughter and her husband met on the Internet and married in 2011. They had previously travelled through Central America so they had some experience abroad.
During their recent Asian travels, they bought local goods to help vendors, slept in their tent and hostels and interacted with villagers. Despite her travel fever, love of history and a desire to do good, her father said Caitlan ‘‘wanted basically to be a housewife and have a bunch of kids.’’
Tucker reported from Washington. Associated Press reporter Amir Shah in Kabul contributed to this report.