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Missing Marine

Date Posted: 2001-05-18

Dear Editor,

This is an update on the “Missing Marine” letter to the editor in last week’s edition of Japan Update. Marine Pfc Jodi Jarboe is still missing since April 23. From the leads I have found in two weeks of searching, she is probably still in Okinawa. One of three scenarios seem most likely:

1. My daughter Jodi may simply be an irresponsible young woman who is acting completely independently and has dishonoured her status as a U.S. Marine.

2. Jodi may have been coerced by a combination of peer pressure and the rapid changes of military deployment to join a network of young people who defy military authority. She may have been “adopted” into a local family (w/former military ties). She may be working as a migrant worker harvesting seaweed.

3. From the abrupt and evasive nature of the few calls she has made to the U.S., someone listening close by may have monitored her calls. The “adoption” – farming seaweed story may be a ruse for an abduction of a young female Marine who has suffered a mental collapse. This possibility would place my daughter in very real physical danger.

Soon, I must return to the U.S. to liquidate my assets, consolidate our family business, cash in retirement funds, and abdicate the positions of responsibility I hold in my local community to launch a more intensive search for my daughter lost in Okinawa.

Please, readers of Japan Update act as my eyes and ears while I am gone. If you have any information, call 090-4776-8324. For a while, may the kind people of this beautiful island put aside divisive politics and come together. One day, I hope to return your generosity.
Larry Jarboe,
Golden Beach,

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