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Air Force Maj. Jill Metzger, who was recovered in Kyrgyzstan on Saturday after she was missing for four days, poses with her husband, Air Force Capt. Joshua Mayo, in an undated family photo.
Air Force Maj. Jill Metzger, who was recovered in Kyrgyzstan on Saturday after she was missing for four days, poses with her husband, Air Force Capt. Joshua Mayo, in an undated family photo. (Courtesy of Joshua Mayo)

Air Force Maj. Jill Metzger's family was overjoyed when they heard that she had been found in Kyrgyzstan.

"You simply can't even in words express how you feel," Kelly Mayo, Jill Metzger's father-in-law, said during a Saturday telephone conversation with Stars and Stripes from his home in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The call with news of Metzger's recovery came from the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations; both Joshua Mayo, her husband, and his father, Kelly Mayo, are OSI agents, as well.

When the phone rang, Joshua Mayo was at the medical clinic at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., getting his blood pressure checked, his father said.

"His stress level was off the charts," Kelly Mayo said.

Kelly Mayo said he barged into the examining room with the news.

"I was crying and yelling. Josh looked at me for a good two-count. Then he just turned toward me and lunged into my arms," pulling the cuff apparatus off the wall.

Outside, the clinic staff "erupted into cheers and high-fives," Kelly Mayo said.

Kelly Mayo said Metzger is now at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan getting a medical checkup and a debriefing. He also said she probably will be flown to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where she will be reunited with her husband, and then back to her duty station at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

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