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Ruppersberger Calls Attention To Man Missing In Libya

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Desperate for clues. The family of a Baltimore native missing in Libya is getting some high-powered help.

Mike Hellgren shows us how Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger could help bring the missing man home.

Ruppersberger joined Matthew VanDyke’s family. He talked about the role Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi may be playing and the danger VanDyke is facing.

The fighting remains fierce as Libyan rebels battle dictator Muammar Qaddafi for control of the country. Matthew VanDyke, 31, wanted to witness history firsthand and tell the world the story of the Libyan revolution. His family believes he was captured while there, likely by Qaddafi’s forces.

Now, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger has vowed to help them navigate a diplomatic nightmare.

“This is a major priority when you have an American being held captive, especially based on the situation that’s occurring in Libya,” he said.

So what is being done to free Matthew VanDyke?

WJZ has learned Hillary Clinton’s State Department has taken the lead in the investigation and talks have gone all the way to the White House.

Ruppersberger says the rebels in Libya have been contacted and he plans to introduce a resolution on the House floor, calling for VanDyke to be freed, hoping to get Qaddafi’s attention.

“You don’t want to take it public until nothing else works,” said Ruppersberger. “What I know about him, he’s very controlling and he’s on top of everything, and if he knew that he had Americans there, I think he would know who they are and where they are.”

Sharon VanDyke has traveled the globe trying to find her son, who went missing in March. She says the young journalist never intended to put himself in harm’s way.

“He didn’t believe he was ever going to be in an area where Qaddafi would show up,” she said. “It looks like when Qaddafi arrived in Brega, Matthew was there.”

At this point, though, it’s unclear where VanDyke is and how much danger he’s in. Ruppersberger says generating international pressure is key to finding him.

“The number one priority is to bring him home safely,” he said.

VanDyke is a UMBC graduate who speaks some Arabic. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East.

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  1. david says:

    maybe the next want to be reporter will listen we the state department tells people to get out of an area… this guy went there to profit from writing a book, why should tax dollars be wasted on someone who went there when he knew this could happen?

  2. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    WHY WAS HE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL TO THIS COUNTRY IN THE FIRST PLACE? WHEN YOU TAKE RISKS YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT SOMEONE TO SACRIFICE FOR YOUR OWN NEGLIGENCE. TAXPAYERS MONIES SHOULD BOT BE USED BECAUSE OF THE STUPIDITY OF THIS INDIVIDUAL. HE WENT THERE AND LET HIM GET HIMSELF OUT. IS HE REALLY THERE?? NO PROOF.

  3. Colleen C. says:

    I have been following Matthew’s story since it was first reported. I’m glad more people are getting involved to try and help find this young man. I felt very sad on mothers day, imagining what his mother must be feeling. We should respect his mothers feelings instead of criticizing him and calling names. If this was your family member, regardless of reasons for traveling there, you would ask for the same kind of help if it was available.

    1. Mike Machin says:

      Colleen – Thank You. i have know Matthew since the 9th grade. Matt lived there for a couple years and went there to help what he would concider a second family. If that is a crime then maybe more people should be criminals. matt is a great guy and my prayers go out to him and his family

  4. sheriff says:

    This clown thought he was the next Hemingway. Shouldn’t have been anywhere near that rockpile. What a s…..t hole country. I mean they’re still living in the stone age.

    1. HELLO AGAIN says:

      I see you are still true to form. A ray of sunshine for the rest of us to behold.
      We look forward to your opinions, as they often contain suggestions which lead to solutions, rather than useless negative dribble.

      Unfortunately, I agree that he should not have been there. I am willing to bet that his family asked him not to go, long before he booked his flight.

      He is young, and inexperienced; prone to believe that he will live forever. Do any of us remember feeling this way?

      Lets express some sympathy for the Hell that his mother and extended family are going through.

      Really bad decision, on this reporter’s part, but his family is suffering just the same.

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