November 2000 News

American hostage''s wife seeks husband''s memoirs from Kashmiris

10 November 2000
The Indian Express

Srinagar: The wife of an American hostage missing in Indian Kashmir for more than five years has issued an emotional appeal for the return of draft articles he wrote for foreign journals. ''If I never see my husband again, at least to have something he wrote would be of comfort to me,'' Jane Schelly said in a letter sent to media offices in the Kashmir summer capital Srinagar. Schelley is the wife of Donald Hutchings, who was abducted along with five other foreigners in Kashmir by Muslim militants in July 1995. One of the hostages escaped, one was beheaded and the other four - including Hutchings - remain missing presumed dead. Schelly said Hutchings used to write for some journals, and the rough articles were with him when he was kidnapped. ''Some of the pages of that written material might exist somewhere, left in some hut or home, passed to the side and forgotten,'' she said, appealing to anyone who might have found the papers to send them to her. Hutchings would have been 48 on November 12, and Schelly said the return of his writings would comprise the perfect birthday gift. ''I have done my utmost to find out what has happened to him ... There is no conclusive answer,'' she wrote. ''I have no closure to this sad situation ... only the assumption that my husband and three westerners were most likely killed.''


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