The parents of a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan say they are overwhelmed by the support of neighbors in their small Idaho community and others abroad.
Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling read a statement issued Monday by the family of Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl thanking supporters.
Femling declined to answer questions about the family.
Defense Department officials confirmed Saturday that Bergdahl, who grew up in Hailey, a small, central Idaho resort town, was kidnapped in Afghanistan earlier this month.
Bergdahl's parents have refused requests to be interviewed by media.
A soldier from Idaho who disappeared from his base in Afghanistan has been captured, the Pentagon confirmed Sunday, a day after he was seen in a Taliban video posted online.
The Defense Department released the name of Pfc. Bowe (pronounced BOH) R. Bergdahl, 23, who was serving with an Alaska-based infantry regiment. The private was last seen walking away from his base near the border with Pakistan in an area known to be a Taliban stronghold.
Even before his name became public, two U.S. defense officials confirmed to The Associated Press that the man in that 28-minute video was the captured soldier. The video, in which Bergdahl said he was "scared I won't be able to go home," provided the first public glimpse of the missing American.
The Pentagon statement said Bergdahl's whereabouts became unknown on July 1 and his status was changed July 3 to missing-captured.
It wasn't clear who initially captured Bergdahl, but the U.S. command in Afghanistan said he was being held by the Taliban and condemned the video as a violation of international law.