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Jeffrey Fowle on latest Americans released from North Korea

Jeffrey Fowle reunites with his family (FOX19 NOW file) Jeffrey Fowle reunites with his family (FOX19 NOW file)
MIAMISBURG, OH (FOX19) -

A local man held captive in North Korea talked to FOX19 NOW Morning News Monday about the weekend release of two American detainees.

Jeffrey Fowle, 56, of Miamisburg was held in North Korea for six months after leaving a Bible in a nightclub. He was released in October and reunited with his family at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

On Saturday, two men who also were held returned to the United States, Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California, and Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Washington, landing at a military base after their departure was secured through a secret mission to the reclusive Communist country by the top U.S. intelligence official.

Fowle said he was surprised at their release because detainees can be held anywhere from several weeks to decades.

He said he had no interaction with other detainees. He said he relied on his faith to get him through the ordeal.

But, if Fowle had it to do all over again, he said he would not have left the Bible in the nightclub.

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