Jill Metzger Abduction Confirmed

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by Joshua Foust on 3/19/2012 · 3 comments

The U.S. Air Force has completed a lengthy investigation into the brief disappearance of Jill Metzger (remember her?) and concluded that she was abducted.

After talking to hundreds of people, canvassing areas of Kyrgyzstan and conducting a forensic analysis of the evidence, investigators determined that all of the evidence supported Metzger’s account of what had happened, Bunko said in an email.

“By analysis of all of the available information, the OSI eliminated multiple alternate scenarios and concluded the information uncovered is consistent with Maj. Metzger’s account of the events,” Bunko said.

Metzger went missing on Sept. 5, 2006, after visiting a department store in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.

“A detailed review of surveillance tapes of the shopping center from which Maj. Metzger was abducted depicts an apparent organized surveillance effort against her on 5 September by at least two unidentified persons,” Bunko said. “As Maj. Metzger departed the mall, one of the individuals conducting the surveillance closely followed her.”

Back in 2006, Metzger’s story seemed impossible to verify. There was also a major online campaign to paint her as lying about the incident, including some accusations of a terminated pregnancy and an Air Force cover up.

But the Air Force has concluded that she was indeed abducted by criminals who mistook her for a victim of similar appearance. There’s no word on whether the Air Force confirmed her captors were European, as Metzger claimed at the time, though that can probably be assumed given their endorsement of her version of events.

Metzger reportedly stabbed one of her captors with a stick she had sharpened into a shiv and then locked him in a room, escaping into the city where she got a local couple to bring her to the police. As of October, 2010, Metzger was back on active duty.

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Kuda March 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Silly polemic agreed, but could we expect a different interpretation?

What were U.S. Airforce going to say?

Still sounds obscure and unanswered, but I’m equally sure the truth is tedious and not worth much consideration.

Empirical evidence would suggest most of my posts are redundant!

Oh well, never mind. Keep up the good stuff Registan.


Richard Giddens March 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm

On behalf of the great American people, I would like to sincerely apologize for the slanderous conduct of the US Air Force against the noble great people and nation of Kyrgyzstan, our wartime ally and friend.

What has happened reflects poorly upon the US Air Force and it’s horrible corrupt leaders. We Americans do not approve of this coverup and whitewash. Please understand that we are fighting to get the truth out about Major Jill Metzger and what she did to the people of Kyrgyzstan.

I would like to thank the Security and Police Forces of Kyrgyzstan for their investigation and report to the world concerning Major Jill Metzgers misconduct while in your great nation.

john April 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

You are an idiot!!!! no wonder you never win any cases. Who in their right mind would hire a shitty lawyer like yourself.

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