Parents of captured journalist, Marquette alum James Foley, speak out
WTMJ News Team
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MILWAUKEE - James Foley has been captured before while working in a war-torn country. But this time, the Marquette University grad hasn't been seen or heard from in five months.
It has been 133 days since anyone has heard or seen James Foley, and his dad said the silence of his whereabouts is deafening.
But his parents are back on the Marquette Campus where Foley went to college to support and to lean on those who know Jim and his story.
“It was a horror,” said Diane, Jim Foley’s mom. “We were incredulous. It was our worst nightmare.”
John and Diane Foley have been down this rocky road before with their son. In 2011, he was captured and held in Libya for 45 days. In December 2011, he returned to Marquette to share his story.
"At one point we said, this is dangerous, but we don't want to go back yet,” James Foley said back in 2011.
But this time, it is much different.
“This is truly worse this time, much longer and more question marks,” Diane said. “We have no idea.”
James Foley was taken at gunpoint on Thanksgiving Day, and his been missing since. There have been no phone calls to say he is alright.
“A lot of people watching this are going to say, ‘He knows the danger, he's been through this before,’” Diane Foley said. “Jim is a very passionate person. He believes in telling the world the stories of what goes on in countries when war is going on.”
His family, keeping hope and faith, have returned to the place where they say James Foley "grew up".
“This is very strengthening and consoling for us to be here, in this community of faith,” they explained.
Because there has been no news, they believe their son is likely still alive.
“Is it hard not to let your mind wander to could he be?” Diane Foley asked. ‘Of course, of course. When I don't think about it, I feel guilty. When I think about his potential condition, it takes my breath away.””
James Foley’s parents have remarkable strength and faith.
There's a “Free Foley” website, where you can sign the petition, and learn more about James Foley and his parents’ efforts to bring him home.
There is a "gathering" for James Foley Friday night at 7 p.m. in Marquette's Alumni Memorial Union.