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Missing Peace Corps volunteer not abducted — authorities

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 06:54pm (Mla time) 04/16/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Security forces have ruled out the possibility that a United States Peace Corps volunteer who has gone missing in the mountains of Banaue town in the northern Philippines, was abducted.

The military, police, local government, and US Embassy officials have joined forces in the search for Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell, who has been missing since Easter Sunday.

“A kidnapping is one thing that is remote as of now. There are no feelers to indicate that there’s kidnapping involved,” military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro told reporters.

US Embassy spokesman Matthew Lussenhop, for his part, said they had “no specific details that she’s been kidnapped,” although he did not elaborate this further.

Bacarro also dispelled speculation that Campbell may have been taken prisoner by the communist New People’s Army (NPA), saying no communist rebels have been monitored in the area.

He said the search team divided the mountain into four areas or “quadrants” to speed up the search. The team boarded a helicopter for an aerial search of the area on Sunday.

“All efforts are being exerted to locate Ms. Campbell,” Bacarro said.

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