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.