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Former Lebanon Hostage in Seclusion at Son’s Home

November 11, 1986

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Former hostage David Jacobsen was in seclusion at his son’s home Monday, his first full day back home in Southern California since his capture 17 months ago by terrorists in Lebanon.

Jacobsen, 55, emerged briefly to tell reporters he would answer questions during a news conference Wednesday. He said he preferred to be alone for the moment to get reacquainted with his family.

Abducted May 28, 1985, Jacobsen was freed Nov. 2 in Beirut and stopped in West Germany and Washington before returning home to California on Sunday.

In Huntington Beach, where he lived for many years and where his son Eric still lives, yellow ribbons were tied to trees and banners on schools and churches welcomed his return.

Civic celebrations were being planned in Southern California for later this week or next.

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