Missing Airman Found

By: Katherine Cook
By: Katherine Cook

"We found her, she's alive, she's okay." It's the news Jill Metzger's family had been waiting and praying to hear for 3 days, since the Air Force Major went missing at a shopping mall in Kyrgystan Tuesday. Friday afternoon, the family got their wish. Jill's husband Josh Mayo, sick from stress and worry was having his blood pressure taken when his father told him the news.
"I literally jumped out of my chair, ripped the blood pressure machine off the wall-- I just had to get to my dad," said Mayo.
The father and son hugged and cried, a stark contrast to tears of frustration shed just hours before. Amidst the good news, where Metzger had been for the last 3 days is still a mystery. For now, all Mayo knows is his wife was found on the side of a road, beaten and her head shaved.
"They say she looked bad that she'd been severely dehydrated, someone found her got her to U.S. authorities."
And, in the care of the Air Force Office of Special Investigation.
Metzger's father-in-law, Kelly Mayo, says he never lost hope they would bring Metzger to safety.
"We never ever doubted... I believed at all points she would come back to us."
And once the reunited, Josh Mayo says he has no doubt what he'll tell his wife first.
"I love her, end of story."
Friday was also Josh and Jill's 5-month wedding anniversary. Since they've been married, the couple has only seen each other 3 times. They had planned to honeymoon in Jamaica later month before Metzger went missing. Mayo says at this point, he's not sure when Jill will arrive back into the United Sates.


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