Family seeks return of California Navy veteran detained in Iran

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 8, 2019

SAN DIEGO — The family of a U.S. Navy veteran says he has been held in Iran since July.

The New York Times reported Monday that Michael R. White was detained while visiting his Iranian girlfriend last summer. His mother, Joanne White, told the newspaper she had filed a missing person report with the State Department in July. White lives in Imperial Beach, south of San Diego.

She said U.S. officials told her three weeks ago that her son is alive and is being held in an Iranian prison.

The State Department confirmed an American was detained but did not provide details.

The arrest was reported first by an online news service by Iranian ex-patriots. Iran’s United Nations mission in New York did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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