Saturday, June 19, 2004

Death raises fears for Maupin's safety

The Cincinnati Enquirer

The execution of American civilian Paul Johnson in Saudi Arabia is a chilling reminder that the fate of a local soldier taken hostage in Iraq - Pfc. Matt Maupin of Union Township - is still unknown.

Maupin, a 20-year-old Army reservist, was taken hostage April 9 when his military convoy was hit by gunfire and explosives by as-yet-unidentified Iraqi insurgents.

There has been no word of Maupin's condition or whereabouts since April 16, when a videotape aired on an Arab TV station showing an apparently unharmed American soldier surrounded by hooded gunmen. On the tape, the soldier identified himself as Maupin.

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