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The family of captured Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl said Thursday that they have received a letter they are confident is from their son, who has been held captive in or near Afghanistan since June 2009.

According to a report on KTVB.com, the family put out a statement through their personal media spokesman, Col. Tim Marsano, which read in part:

“Through the International Committee of the Red Cross, we recently received a letter we’re confident was written to us by our son Bowe. Our family is greatly relieved and encouraged by this letter, which gives us hope that Bowe is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. ... We hope Bowe’s captors will again consider his parents’ plea to release him, but in the meantime, we ask that you please continue to keep him in good health and allow him to keep corresponding with us.”

Bergdahl is thought to be held by the Taliban-aligned Afghanistan Haqqani network.

According to the report, Boise Valley POW/MIA spokesman Dwight Murphy told the television station he received an email from Bowe’s dad, Bob Bergdahl, stating the letter was scripted and redacted, but his son was no doubt alive and his faculties fully functioning as of two months ago.

“They are being very careful with him. He is still highly valued at high levels,” the email from Bob Bergdahl to Murphy states.

Murphy said this letter keeps hopes alive that Bowe will return home.

“That’s like sitting around a camp fire that’s going out,” he said, “and all of a sudden you find that one more log to keep the fire going.”

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