Americans Missing in Iraq as of August 2010
Cross posted at the Missing Man
There are currently 7 American men publicly known to be missing in Iraq. Those men are:
Kirk von Ackermann
Timothy E. Bell
Aban Abdel Malek Mahmoud Elias (also Aban Elias)
Radim Sadeq Mohammed Sadeq (also Dean Sadek)
Spc. Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie (also Ahmed K. Altaie)
Maj. Troy L. Gilbert (deceased)
Based on news reports, as many as an additional 10 Americans may also be missing. Attached below is a chart showing the incident date, name and status of those Americans known to be missing and/or held hostage in Iraq in table format.
About the Data
The data is based on news reports which often contradict each other.
An article from October 2008 cites a total of 39 kidnapped Americans of which 22 known are known to have been executed (Iraq calmer but copycat kidnappings spread). The following chart was created by using 39 kidnapped Americans as its base line. However, of those 39, it's unclear if any of the POW's briefly held during the war in March 2003 should be included in the 39.
A February 2010 article cites 17 missing - unfortunately, it's unclear if that number includes foreign hostages (They search if someone's missing in Iraq).
An article from April 2010 (US Operation aims to find missing) cites 11 missing Americans.
The data below represents the minimum number of missing Americans. Companies and/or families may deliberately choose not report a hostage or kidnap victim to US government agencies. I was told by one representative of the Department of Labor that they were aware of unreported contractors missing in Iraq.
Not all names of those missing - both past and present - are known and/or publicized for a number of reasons.
Technically, the status of 'released' should more properly be referred to as 'Returned to Military Control' (RMC).
Last but not least, most of these missing Americans have rights that should be under protection by a law that very very few are aware of, the Missing Persons Act.
REVISED - August 9, 2005 based on data provided by the National Counterterrorism Center to the US State Department for its annual Country Reports on Terrorism which was issued August 5. Reports include data on kidnappings. (source material available at the Missing Man)
Americans Missing in Iraq - as of August 9, 2010
|1||Oct 9, 2003||Kirk von Ackermann||missing||1|
|2||Apr 9, 2004||Thomas Hamill||escaped|
|3||Apr 9, 2004||Nicholas Evan Berg||deceased|
|4||Apr 9, 2004||William Bradley||deceased|
|5||Apr 9, 2004||Pfc Keith Matthew Maupin||deceased|
|6||Apr 9, 2004||Timothy E Bell||missing||2|
|7||May 3, 2004||Aban Elias||missing||3|
|8||Aug 13, 2004||Micah Garen||released|
|9||Sept 16, 2004||Jack Henlsey||deceased|
|10||Sept 16, 2004||Olin Eugene Armstrong Jr||deceased|
|11||Oct 10, 2004||Paul Taggart||released|
|12||Nov 1, 2004||Roy Hallums||released|
|13||Nov 2, 2004||Dean Sadek||missing||4|
|14||Apr 11, 2005||Jeffrey Ake||missing||5|
|15||May 17, 2005||unknown||missing||6|
|16||Aug 2, 2005||Steven Charles Vincent||deceased|
|17||Sept 27, 2005||unknown||missing||7|
|18||Nov 27, 2005||Thomas William Fox||deceased|
|19||Dec 2, 2005||unknown||missing||8|
|20||Dec 6, 2005||Ronald Alan Schulz||deceased|
|21||Jan 7, 2006||Jill Carroll||released|
|22||Jun 16, 2006||Pfc Kristian Menchaca||deceased|
|23||Jun 16, 2006||Pfc Thomas Tucker||deceased|
|24||Oct 23, 2006||Sgt Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie||missing||9|
|25||Nov 16, 2006||Jonathon Michael Cote||deceased|
|26||Nov 16, 2006||Paul Christopher Johnson-Reuben||deceased|
|27||Nov 16, 2006||Joshua Mark Munns||deceased|
|28||Nov 16, 2006||John Roy Young||deceased|
|29||Nov 27, 2006||Maj Troy Lee Gilbert (deceased)||missing||10|
|30||Jan 5, 2007||Ronald J Withrow||deceased|
|31||Jan 27, 2007||unknown||missing||11|
|32||Jan 27, 2007||unknown||missing||12|
|33||Feb 1, 2007||unknown||missing||13|
|34||Mar 3, 2007||unknown||missing||14|
|35||Apr 25, 2007||unknown||missing||15|
|36||May 12, 2007||Sgt Alex Ramon Jimenez||deceased|
|37||May 12, 2007||Pfc Byron W Fouty||deceased|
|38||May 25, 2007||unknown||missing||16|
|39||Aug 17, 2007||unknown||missing||17|
|41||May 21, 2009||Jim Kitterman||deceased|
|42||Jan 23, 2010||Issa T Salomi||released|
Not included in the chart (at this time) are the troops taken POW (status: missing) during the invasion of March 2003. All were Returned to Military Control:
Spc. Edgar Hernandez
Spc. Joseph Hudson
Spc. Shoshana Johnson
Pfc. Patrick Miller
Sgt. James Riley
Pfc. Jessica Lynch
Chief warrant officer David Williams
Chief warrant officer Ronald Young Jr.
Navy pilot Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, killed during Gulf War I, is also not included. Speicher's remains were recovered in August 2009.
Additions/corrections welcome, please email me at susie.dow at gmail.com
Liberator II continues effort to find missing
By Sgt. 1st Class Roger Dey, April 20, 2010
US operation aims to find missing
By Sgt. 1st Class Roger Dey, 103rd Public Affairs Detachment, April 21, 2010
They search if someone’s missing in Iraq
By Scott Fontaine, The News Tribune, February 8, 2010
Officials confirm kidnapping of U.S. contractor in Iraq
By Ernesto Londoño and Leila Fadel, Washington Post, February 6, 2010
Iraq calmer but copycat kidnappings spread
By Pamela Hess, Associated Press, October 13, 2008
About the Author
Susie Dow is the author of several articles at ePluribus Media, Missing Contractor: US Military Mechanics may Hold the Keys in addition to One Missing, One Dead: An Iraq Contractor in the Fog of War, and Iraq, Contingency Contracting & the Defense Base Act: I-III. Dow is the Editor of the weblog, The Missing Man, which follows articles on Kirk von Ackermann and his colleague Ryan Manelick. She is a volunteer researcher and editor at ePluribus Media.