Local

US Probes 3 Minnesota Residents Missing In Laos

View Comments
(credit: HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. WCCO Viewers' Choice For Best Place To Cut Down Your Own Tree
  2. U Of M Students Talk About Attending Ferguson Protests
  3. Good Question: How Can We Keep The Peace With Family?
  4. Gophers’ Daquein McNeil Arrested For Domestic Assault
  5. Fmr. Hennepin Co. Official Requests Leniency For Attackers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government says it is looking into reports that three Laotian-Americans have gone missing in southern Laos.

According to relatives, the Minnesota residents went missing in early January in Savannakhet province on their way to a funeral.

The State Department says the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane has contacted the Lao government for further information.

Three bodies were recently found in a burned van in the province, and Khammanh Kongdaravong said relatives in Laos have identified her husband, Souli, as one of the dead.

The circumstances of the fire are unclear.

The other missing men are Bounthieng Insixiengmai and Bounma Phannhotha.

Laos is currently facing international pressure over the unrelated disappearance of a prominent Lao social activist, Sombath Somphone.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,994 other followers