Kidnapped American From Indiana

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A quiet scene outside the home of an Indiana businessman believed kidnapped in Iraq.

An American flag flutters from a pole, and a yellow ribbon has been tied to a nearby tree. But there's no sign of the family of Jeffrey Ake, the man who apparently is seen today in a video, pleading for his life.

U.S. Embassy officials confirm that the man appears to be the 47-year-old executive who was abducted Monday while working on a water treatment plant near Baghdad. Ake runs a company that makes machines that fill water bottles, and lives in a town 25 miles west of South Bend.

The family hasn't commented on the kidnapping reports. The local police chief has met with the family, and says Ake's relatives are following the FBI's advice by not speaking out. He's asking residents of the community to "hope and pray and wait."


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