CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man being detained in North Korea was on vacation as part of a tour and "loves the adventure of experiencing different cultures and seeing new places," a family spokesman said Monday.
Tim Tepe, an Ohio attorney who is acting as a spokesman for Jeffrey Edward Fowle's family, told reporters in a statement that Fowle's wife of 14 years and three children miss him very much and are anxious for him to come home.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency said Friday that Fowle was being detained for acts inconsistent with a tourist visit in the communist-led country. It said Fowle, 56, of Miamisburg in southwest Ohio, arrived in North Korea on April 29 and did not provide details about the accusations against him.
The family also thanked the Swedish Embassy, which handles consular matters for Americans in North Korea, for its "continuing efforts" on Fowle's behalf and "those from around the world who have offered their support during this difficult time."
Fowle's wife, Tatyana Fowle, a 40-year-old Russian immigrant, flanked Tepe as he read the statement to reporters. They declined to answer questions.
The Fowles have three children, ages 9, 10 and 12. Jeffrey Fowle works in a city streets department.
Mark Edward Howard, who attends Fowle's church, said Friday that he's "a very good Christian father."
He said that Tatyana Fowle has limited English and that her husband always stayed close to her side in case she needed a translator.