Bin Laden hunter to be released soon, family is told

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An official with the U.S. embassy in Pakistan said Thursday that Gary Brooks Faulkner should be released soon, but the official offered no time frame, according to Faulkner’s family in Grand Junction.

John Martin, Faulkner’s brother-in-law, said the same official also told the family that a U.S. representative has met with Faulkner, who is in “good health and spirits” and still in the custody of Pakistan authorities.

Family members said they were told that, as of Thursday morning, Faulkner had not received dialysis for his kidneys, treatments which he started in the months leading up to his trip.

Faulkner, who had not been charged with a crime as of Thursday, was moved Wednesday to the country’s capital, Islamabad, and the Martins said he was in the custody of Pakistan’s military police.

John Martin said a crush of media seeking audience at the family’s north Grand Junction home has slowed.

“We haven’t had to kick anybody off our property in 24 hours,” he said.

Faulkner, 50, who is the brother of John Martin’s wife, Deanna, was detained earlier this week trying to cross the border into Afghanistan, carrying a 40-inch sword, a pistol and night-vision goggles, while explaining he was hunting terrorist Osama bin Laden.


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