Photo: Former Marine Kevin Scott Sutay released by FARC
A former U.S. Marine held captive for four months by Colombia’s FARC guerrilla group was handed over to a delegation of Red Cross, Cuban and Norwegian officials over the weekend.
Kevin Scott Sutay, a veteran of the Afghanistan war, was turned over to the international commission on Sunday by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group.
Sutay, who was kidnapped on June 20 while hiking in the jungles of southeastern Colombia, was released by the FARC’s Eastern Bloc.
The commission accompanied the 27-year-old man to Bogota, where he was met by officials from the U.S. Embassy.
Sutay was in good health and was handed over to U.S. Embassy officials at the Bogota airport, the governments of Cuba and Norway said in a statement.
The former U.S. marine was kidnapped in El Retiro, a city in Guaviare province, where he had traveled despite warnings from police and residents to avoid the area.
Sutay was planning to hike across the Colombian jungle into Brazil to test his endurance, residents said.
Sutay, who was born in New York City, served in the Marine Corps from November 2009 to March 2013, doing a tour in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011 as a landmine and explosives expert.
He entered Colombia on June 8 after traveling through Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.
The Colombian government and the FARC have been holding peace talks in Havana since November aimed at bringing an end to a more than 50-year-old armed conflict.