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Family: Missing NH Reporter In Syrian Prison

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File photo of James Foley, left, in Syria. (credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of James Foley, left, in Syria. (credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) — The New Hampshire-based family of a journalist missing for five months now believe “with a very high degree of confidence” that he is being held in a Syrian prison.

James Foley was last seen on Nov. 22 in northwest Syria, where he was contributing videos to Agence France-Press for the media company GlobalPost. His family in Rochester, N.H., says he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni said Friday that an exhaustive investigation has determined that Foley was likely abducted by a pro-Syrian government military group. Investigators believe he is being held with one or more western journalists in a detention facility near Damascus.

Foley’s family and the company have appealed to the Syrian government to release him.

The family spoke at World Press Freedom Day in Boston.

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