Marking the Anniversary of the Kidnapping of Mark Randall Frerichs

The United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is marking the anniversary of the kidnapping of Mark Randall Frerichs who disappeared in Afghanistan one year ago this week.   As State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said, “American citizen Mark Frerichs has spent a year in captivity. We will not stop working until we secure his safe return home.”  Ambassador Ross Wilson marked this anniversary calling on Afghans “who might have information about the disappearance of Mr. Frerichs to immediately step forward.”

Mark Frerichs was kidnapped in early February 2020.  At the time of his kidnapping, he resided in Kabul.  He moved to Afghanistan in approximately 2010 and worked on construction projects throughout the country. The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, through its Rewards for Justice (RFJ) office, is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the location, recovery, and return of Mr. Frerichs.  Under the RFJ statute, rewards may be paid for information including information that leads to the prevention, frustration, or favorable resolution of an act of terrorism against a U.S. national.

Mr. Frerichs is a white male and is 180 centimeters tall, with brown hair and hazel eyes.  He weighed around 86 kilograms at the time of his disappearance.  He has a one-inch scar on his left cheek.

More information about this reward offer is located on the RFJ website at  Anyone with information on this kidnapping should text RFJ via Whatsapp, Telegram, or Signal at +1 202 702 7843. Individuals may also submit information to the FBI at, or to the U.S. Embassy Kabul Regional Security Officer by telephone at +93 070 010 8600 Ext. 8600.  All information will be kept strictly confidential.

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