BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombian rebels have freed former U.S. Marine Kevin Scott Sutay after holding him hostage since June, according to the
Sutay was backpacking in eastern Guaviare province when he was seized by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. He is said to be in good physical condition, according to a
"We're happy to have facilitated the release so that [Sutay] can reunite with his family," said Jordi Raich, who heads the Red Cross delegation in Colombia. His release took place in the township of Tomachipan, not far from where he was taken.
In a statement Sunday, Secretary of State
Sutay, 27, an Afghan war veteran, was on a 250-mile hike across remote jungle flatlands when he was taken by the units of the FARC's 1st Front. Local police warned him that the trip was dangerous and advised him not to go.
The former Marine is expected to be received by officials from
The kidnapping took place near the site in Guaviare where in 2008 three U.S. defense contractors, the former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and others were rescued from rebels in a daring raid by Colombian commandos impersonating humanitarian workers.