Family of bin Laden hunter told to expect man’s release ‘soon’

This May 30, 2010 picture provided by Dr. Scott Faulkner shows his brother Gary Brooks Faulkner at the Denver International Airport en route to Pakistan.

An official with the U.S. embassy in Pakistan today said Gary Brooks Faulkner should be released soon, but 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 this morning that a U.S. representative has met with Faulkner, who is in “good health and spirits,” still in the custody of Pakistan authorities. He has still not been charged with a crime. Faulkner was moved on Wednesday to the country’s capital, Islamabad.

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.

Gary 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, pistol and night vision goggles, while explaining he was hunting terrorist Osama bin Laden. The Greeley construction worker has made at least six attempts to enter the country and believes God has called him to kill bin Laden, according to the family.




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