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Missing American Woman Found After Televised Appeal

May 1, 1989

ROME (AP) _ A U.S. sailor who disappeared from a military base in Naples nine months ago was found alive today, hours after her father made a televised appeal for information on her fate, Italian authorities said.

A highway patrolman spotted Jennifer Muir, 22, a U.S. Navy petty officer third class, on a roadside outside Villa San Giovanni in southern Calabria about 4 a.m. and recognized her from a magazine article previewing the television program, said police Col. Antonino Di Vincenzo.

Ms. Muir’s father, Thomas Muir, an IBM engineer from Trumbull, Conn., appeared on the state-run RAI-TV Sunday night on the premiere of a show that decribes missing persons and appeals for help in finding them.

Italian police had suspected foul play in her disappearance.

″She’s fine and has been reunited with her father,″ said Di Vincenzo from his office in police headquarters in Reggio Calabria.

He said the woman had apparently been living for some time in Villa San Giovanni with a man.

In Naples, Navy spokesman Lt. Paul Weishaupt said Italian authorities informed the Navy they took an American woman into custody who identified herself as Jennifer Muir.

He said U.S. investigators haven’t seen her yet but that she answered questions by telephone ″that indicate very strongly she is indeed Jennifer Muir.″

Ms. Muir, assigned to the U.S. Military Sealift Command in Naples, disappeared July 29, 1988.

In October, an Italian magistrate named an American seaman as being a suspect in her murder and the concealment of a body. He later was turned over to American custody. No charges have been filed, according to Weishaupt.

The Navy spokesman said the woman was being brought to Naples where she would first be questioned by an Italian magistrate before being turned over to U.S. military officials.

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