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Laos Obstructs Probe for 3 Missing Men, US says

20 March 2013

The US State Department says Lao authorities have obstructed embassy efforts to investigate the disappearance of three Laotian-Americans who went missing in southern Laos in January. A department official said on Tuesday two embassy staff traveled March 6 to Savannakhet province to investigate reports that the men may have died in a car accident. Local officials refused to provide any information and physically prevented them from entering a site which may be related to the case. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak on the record about the case, said the U.S. will continue to press the Lao government for assistance.—AP

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