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NH senators urge renewed effort to find NH journalist missing for a year

November 22. 2013 7:56PM

This photo of freelance videographer James Foley was taken while he was working in Aleppo, Syria in July. He was last seen near the city of Idlib, Syria before disappearing one year ago Friday. (Courtesy photo by Nicole Tung)

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., issued letters Friday asking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and FBI Director James Comey to urging them to "take all reasonable measures" to find James Foley, a journalist from Rochester who disappeared in Syria one year ago Friday.

"Our thoughts are with the Foley family today, and we continue to pray that James will be found and brought safely home," the senators said in a joint statement. "As we mark one year since James' disappearance, we urge the State Department and the FBI to redouble their efforts to find James and secure his release. We will continue to assist the Foley family and press federal officials to take every reasonable measure to find James and bring him home."

His family and employer have said they believe he is being held by the Syrian government in a detention center near the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Two years ago, while on assignment for GlobalPost in eastern Libya, Foley was arrested and held for 44 days.

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