Freelance photographer from San Diego released from Syria after 4 years of captivity
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Kevin Patrick Dawes, a 33-year-old freelance photographer from San Diego who has been held in Syria for four years, has been released by the Syrian government, U.S. officials told The Washington Post.
Dawes is believed to have been abducted while traveling into Syria from Turkey in 2012.
The circumstances of Dawes’ release have not been made public, but he has been allowed to contact family and receive packages in recent months, according to The Washington Post.
According to the New York Times, State Department officials said the governments of both Russia and the Czech Republic had helped secure the release of the freed American.
“We can confirm and welcome the news that a U.S. citizen was released by Syrian authorities,” the State Department spokesman, John Kirby, said in a statement. “The United States continues to work through every possible means to ensure the safe release of U.S. citizens reported missing or taken hostage in Syria.”
A second freelance journalist is believed to still be held captive in Syria. Austin Tice of Plano, TX was kidnapped in Damascus in Aug. 2012, according to the FBI.